MIRAMSHAH, Feb 27: Malak Mumtaz Khan, a renowned journalist of the tribal areas and president of the Miramshah Press Club, was shot dead in North Waziristan on Wednesday.

According to sources, Malak Mumtaz, 45, was going home from Miramshah bazaar in his car when men in another car opened fire on him near his Miramshah Kalley village at about 4pm. He suffered bullet wounds to his head and chest and died on the spot.

The journalist was a Malak (tribal elder) of his village.

He was associated with several print and electronic media organisations, including The News, Jang, Geo TV and AVT Khyber. He is survived by wife, two sons and two daughters. The funeral will be held on Thursday.

Noor Behram, president of the Tribal Union of Journalists, announced five-day mourning.

The banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan condemned the killing of the journalist.

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