Woman journalist killed in Balochistan's Turbat

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Armed men opened fire and killed a female journalist in Balochistan’s Turbat city on Saturday. Police said the accused opened fire on Shaheena Shaheen, a female journalist in the Technical Training Center (TTC) Colony area of Turbat. “Killing was a result of a domestic issue”, Superintendent Police Kech, Najeebullah Pandrani said.

Family members of the woman journalist nominated her husband in the First Information Report (FIR), Mr. Pandrani said. “She received three bullets”, Allah Bakhsh, a police official told the daily Quetta Voice via telephone. She succumbed to injuries in district headquarters hospital Turbat, he said.

Woman journalist killed in Balochistan’s Turbat

Her dead body has been shifted to her home for burial. “We are investigating into the incident”, he said. The woman journalist had done a court marriage with the accused five months back, he said. So far no arrest has been made, he added.

Shaheena Shaheen was the editor of a local magazine and serving as an anchor in Pakistan Television (PTV). She was also the student of the fine arts department at Balochistan University. The brutal murder of Shaheena sparked outrage on social media with people asking for the arrests of culprits involved in the incident. People termed the killing of a woman as a clear violation of human rights and Baloch traditions.

Violence against women

Incidents of violence against women have increased this year as compared to the year 2019. Aurat Foundation, a non-governmental organization Balochistan chief Allauddin Khliji says “domestic violence has increased this year”.

Last year, 118 incidents of violence against women were reported from Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. “Impunity is the underlying factor behind violence against women”, Mr. Khilji stated.

Freedom Network condemns the killing 

Freedom Network, a non-governmental organization has expressed grief and sorrows over the killing of Shaheena Shaheen. “FN demands immediate arrest of culprits behind the murder”, it said in a statement issued soon after the incident. The FN has also demanded an end to impunity.

Minister condemns the incident

Zahoor Buledi, the Finance Minister Balochistan strongly condemned the murder of Shaheena Shaheen. In a tweet, Mr. Buledi said, “the culprits would be brought to justice”.

During the last more than a decade, 44 journalists have lost their lives in the line of duty in Balochistan. A province is a difficult place for journalists.

Woman journalist killed in Balochistan’s Turbat 


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