Journalist shot dead in Dera Ismail Khan

Published December 8, 2020
Qais Javed had entered his house and was in his front yard when unidentified persons on a motorcycle opened fire. — Photo provided by author
Qais Javed had entered his house and was in his front yard when unidentified persons on a motorcycle opened fire. — Photo provided by author

A local journalist was shot dead by unidentified persons inside his house in Dera Ismail Khan on Monday night, police said on Tuesday.

According to the first information report (FIR), lodged at the Cantt police station today on the complaint of the deceased's cousin, Qais Javed had entered his house and was in his front yard when unidentified persons on a motorcycle opened fire. The killers escaped the scene immediately after, it added.

Azmatullah, a police official at the Cantt police station, said initial investigation suggested the attackers had been tailing Javed.

The official said the FIR had been registered against unidentified persons and no arrests had been made so far. Investigations were underway to determine the motive behind the killing, he said.

Javed, who belonged to the Christian faith, did not have personal enmity with anyone, his family said.

He was working with a local daily newspaper Ehadnama. Javed had also worked as a cameraman for a private news channel, Saudullah Marwat, a DI Khan-based journalist and a friend of the deceased, told DawnNewsTV.

According to Associated Press, 37-year-old Javed had recently started his own web channel.

Pakistan is considered one of the most dangerous places for journalists with 70 having been killed in the country in the last two decades, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that Qais Javed worked at the local daily Ahad. However, he worked with daily Ehadnama. The error is regretted.

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