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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Mushtaq Khand

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Mushtaq Khand, 18 December 2012, available at: [accessed 22 January 2018]
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Dharti Television Network and Mehran
October 7, 2012, in Khairpur, Pakistan

Khand, 35, was killed when gunmen opened fire on a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) rally in the city of Khairpur in Sindh province.

A 10-year veteran journalist, Khand was a reporter for Dharti Television Network and had been the president of the Khairpur Press Club for the past five years. He had also worked for the Sindhi newspaper Mehran in Hyderabad.

News accounts reported different motives for the shooting. Investigators first blamed a family feud for the attack, although Geo TV reported the gunfire erupted after an argument between two rival groups at the rally.

Police conducted overnight raids after the shooting and arrested 10 unidentified suspects, but the alleged mastermind remained at large, news reports said.

Khand was survived by two wives and several children. After his funeral in his home village near Khairpur, his colleagues and friends demonstrated in front of the Khairpur Press Club, protesting against the government for failing to protect its citizens.

Medium:Print, Television
Job:Broadcast Reporter, Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Crime, Politics, War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire:Unknown Fire
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