Journalist Javedullah Khan, (36), ble skutt og drept i Swat-dalen i Pakistan onsdag, selv om to politimenn passet på ham. Khan har slektninger som er anti-Taliban.
A Pakistan journalist whose relatives were members of an anti-Taliban group has been gunned down, police confirmed Wednesday, the latest attack targeting media in the restive northwest of the country.
Javedullah Khan, 36, was shot dead late Tuesday in Matta, a former militant stronghold some 40-kilometers (24 miles) northwest of Pakistan’s picturesque Swat valley.
He worked as a bureau chief for the Urdu language newspaper Ausaf.
Politibevoktning avskrekket ikke drapsmennene.
“Javed was traveling with a police guard when two gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. He died on the spot,” senior police official Muhammad Ijaz Khan told AFP.
Mange av Javeds slektninger har måttet bøte med livet fordi de har bekjempet Taliban. Ifølge en fetter er 15 drept.
“Many of his relatives, including a brother, uncles, and cousins were killed due to their involvement in anti-Taliban peace committees.»
Amnesty kaller Javed en eksepsjonelt modig journalist og ba om en granskning.
For to måneder siden ble en advokat drept i samme område og Taliban påtok seg ansvaret.
A local lawyer, Feroz Shah, was killed in an attack in the same area about two months ago. The Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for that attack.