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SHIKARPUR: An anti-terrorism court in Shikapur on Saturday convicted six men of murdering young television reporter Wali Babar, handing out death sentences to two and life imprisonment to four others.

The landmark case marks the first time anyone has been convicted for killing a Pakistani journalist.

Wali Babar, a 28-year-old journalist who worked for television channel Geo news, was shot dead on Jan 13, 2011 as he left his workplace in Karachi.

In April 2011, the police arrested five men — Faisal Mehmood, Mohammed Ali Rizvi, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, Syed Tahir Naveed Shah and Mohammed Shakeel — for the alleged involvement in the journalist’s murder.

Two of the accused were sentenced to death in absentia today as they were never caught. One man, Mohammed Shakeel, was acquitted while the remaining four were sentenced to life in prison.

Six witnesses, a lawyer and two policemen linked to the case have previously been murdered.

Initially the case was being tried by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi. However, at the request of the Sindh government to transfer the trial from the metropolis in view of threats to the lives of case investigators, witnesses and prosecution lawyers, SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar had ordered the transfer of the case to the Kashmore-Kandhkot district ATC for hearing at the Shikarpur District Prison.

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Comments (6) Closed

Mar 01, 2014 10:43pm

Let justice be done. I hope one day, atleast on the day of qiamah the journalist Syed Saleem Shehzad's murderers will also be caught and punished.

omer khan shaheen
Mar 01, 2014 11:14pm

This is the beginning of this case. Someone paid these murderers to do it!. Now we must find the real hands behind his murder.

Mar 02, 2014 12:57am

So, who were these murderers. Did they belong to a political party? Where are the details, dawn is just as afraid of revealing their identities and their sponsors.

syed wali
Mar 02, 2014 07:07am

This is a good news for journalists all the other case of journalist murdered must be investigated to bring the culprits to the book.

Mar 02, 2014 12:40pm

Thanks Dawn, Can we please also have details on Malik Ishaaq case , How many murder charges were on him , how many witnesses killed during proceedings and how he get released .


Mar 03, 2014 01:43am

I hope and pray that the sentenced are in fact the people responsible for Babar's murder.