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Christian journalist gunned down in Pakistan

Qais Javed becomes fourth member of the media killed in the country this year
Christian journalist gunned down in Pakistan

Qais Javed, a 37-year Methodist Christian, was shot dead in Pakistan on Dec. 7. (Photo: Supplied)

Published: December 10, 2020 09:39 AM GMT
Updated: December 10, 2020 09:43 AM GMT

A 37-year Methodist has become the latest victim in continuing violence aimed at media people in Pakistan.

Qais Javed, the journalist son of Mohan Masih, a former member of the ruling Pakistan Justice Party, was shot dead on Dec.7.

Javed died in a drive-by shooting in the north-western city of Dera Ismail Khan, police and family said.

He came under attack as he and his son were about to enter their house, according to the report the family filed with police.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he died. His son remained unhurt.

Javed was buried at the Methodist Church in Chah Syed Munawar Shah on Dec. 8.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Azmatullah, a local police official, told reporters that police had yet to establish a motive for the killing.

Javed had been was running his own Urdu language news site. He also maintained links with the leading Pakistani news channel, Geo News, after quitting in 2016.

The shooting came a week after Javed uploaded a short documentary about Hindu temple ruins and their neglect by the Department of Archaeology.

The city's press club on Dec. 8 condemned the killing.

"The government should also announce financial support for the family of the bereaved journalist," Yasin Qureshi, president of the press club, said.

Fazlur Rehman, the club's former general secretary and who worked with Javed, wanted police to treat the murder as a terrorist attack.

Javed is the fourth journalist killed this year in Pakistan, considered one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

At least 30 journalists have been killed in the country since 2014, according to a UNESCO tally.

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