SIALKOT: A local journalist working for a Lahore-based Urdu daily was allegedly shot dead on Tuesday in Begowala village of Sambrial tehsil.

Police claimed that Zeeshan Ashraf Butt had gone to Begowala on a personal visit where he had an argument with Imran Cheema, chairman of the Begowala union council, over a monetary dispute. Cheema allegedly opened fire on Zeeshan, killing him on the spot. The suspect fled the scene while firing in the air.

Begowala police shifted the body to Sambrial THQ Civil Hospital for autopsy and started an investigation.

Meanwhile, the journalist community in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur expressed concern over the murder of their colleague.

They registered their protest and demanded immediate arrest of the culprit.

Published in Dawn, March 28th, 2018

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