Journalist shot dead in North Waziristan

Published: February 27, 2013

Malik Mumtaz was a senior journalist working with The News International. PHOTO: GEO NEWS

MIRANSHAH: A journalist from North Waziristan was killed by unidentified men while he was on his way home in Miranshah village on Wednesday.

According to the initial details, a car with tinted windows intercepted Malik Mumtaz’s vehicle and opened fire, killing him on the spot.

Mumtaz was a senior journalist working with The News International. Mumtaz covered the country’s tribal area for 20 years and his last few stories were related to the anti-polio drive in the region and the military operation.

Mumtaz is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was also the Chairman of the Miranshah Press Club, Geo News reported.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) condemned the murder of Mumtaz who was president of the local press club.

“He was a good reporter and was serving tribal people, we condemn his killing and salute his services for tribal people,” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

The TTP denied involvement in the killing.

The Tribal Union of Journalists announced one week of mourning.

Given the number of on-duty journalists killed in Pakistan, the country is known for being one of the deadliest places to report the news.

As many as seven journalists were killed in Pakistan in 2012. Five of these journalists killed were gunned down in targeted attacks.

Reader Comments (6)

  • abcde
    Feb 27, 2013 - 5:19PM

    A car with tinted windows. Now who do we know who does that?

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  • Tamoor R
    Feb 27, 2013 - 5:47PM

    RIP

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  • tahir khan
    Feb 27, 2013 - 6:22PM

    Malik Mumtaz was a brave journalist who stayed in North Waziristan despite tough conditions for journalists. His journalist colleagues had advised him to leave Waziristan in view of threats but he stayed there. I met Mumtaz many times and he was always helpful whenever i contacted him for news. He always stood with his people in hour of trial. He never took sides in the conflict but always highlighted the difficulties the people of North Waziristan faced for years and even today. He had always been balance in his reporting. We all lost a great asset. We should join to condemn whoever behind the brutal murder. Whoever killed him are the enemy of human being. They should be ashamed of their act to kill an innocent man.

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  • Mehree
    Feb 27, 2013 - 7:34PM

    RIP

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  • Mehreen
    Feb 27, 2013 - 7:34PM

    RIP

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  • Stranger
    Feb 27, 2013 - 7:35PM

    Journos are supposed to be off limits. Poor thing had to pay the price for his integrity.

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