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Journalist Ajay Lalwani was shot dead at Saleh Putt in Sukkur, Sindh-Pakistan.
Authorities in Sindh province, Pakistan, must immediatelyafterimmediately launch a credible investigation and apprehend those responsible for the killing of journalist Ajay Lalwani, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.
Today Pakistan has become a nation where nobody is safe, especially the minorities. Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians have been reduced with each passing day, they are either forcefully getting converted or being killed.
If we talk about journalists, then in last 2 decades, more than 60 journalists have been brutally murdered by Pakistani terrorists.
Ajay was one of the most vocal journalists in Pakistan. He used to raise issues in the interest of minorities, especially Hindus and their pathetic situation in Pakistan. He used to write against Pakistani Government’s biased policies against minorities, and thus he paid a heavy price for the same.
Jatoi said Lalwani was sitting in a barber shop in the Salehpat area of Sukkur when two motorcycles and a car with four passengers drove by and opened fire, striking Lalwani in the stomach, arm, and knee. He was taken to Civil Hospital in Sukkur where he later died due to blood loss, said Jatoi.
A police report posted on Twitter by Pakistan National Assembly member Lal Malhi said the journalist was fired upon by “unknown culprits” on a motorcycle; in the report, Ifran Ali Samo, Sukkur’s senior superintendent of police, announced the formation of a team to investigate the killing.
Jatoi told CPJ he believes that the killing was related to Lalwani’s reporting, citing past threats against the journalist, though he did not provide further details. Jatoi also cast doubt on the impartiality of the investigative team, citing a history of tension between the local police and journalists.
“Police in Sindh province must waste no time investigating the killing of journalist Ajay Lalwani and apprehending those responsible,” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “It’s critical that the investigation be led by officers who are able to maintain public confidence, given the long the history of tensions between local journalists and the police in Sukkur.”