QUETTA – Unidentified gunmen shot dead General Secretary of Khuzdar Press Club here on Saturday night.
Abdul Haq Zehri, General Secretary Khuzdar Press Club, was on his way to home after discharging his professional duties when unidentified masked armed men opened indiscriminate fire on him, said Abdul Hafeez, a police official. Haq received multiple bullet wounds and died immediately. The assailants fled from the scene soon after committing the crime.
Police rushed to the site after the incident and moved the body to nearby state-run hospital for medico-legal formalities. “The attackers had already taken positions and the preliminary reports suggested it was targeted killing,” police said.
Abdul Haq Baloch, affiliated with a private news channel, was one of the renowned journalists of Khuzdar district.
Dozens of media persons and relatives of deceased rushed to the hospital as they heard the murder news of Haq. It merits mentioning here that journalists of Khuzdar were threatened of dire consequences some time back.
Five journalists, including two presidents of Khuzdar Press Club have been killed in targeted killing incidents during the past two years while 24 journalists have been killed across Balochistan so far in different targeted killing and bomb blast incidents.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) has strongly condemned the killing of Abdul Haq Baloch and demanded formation of a high level investigation team and arrest of killers.
BUJ in its statement said despite killing of so many journalists the culprits were still at large.