Journalists throughout the province continued protesting the murder of journalist, Shan Dahar. Three separate committees have been constituted by the Larkana DIGP, the Chandka Medical College Hospital medical superintendent and the health secretary, respectively, to probe the incident.
The committees have not been able to come up with anything conclusive so far. He was gunned down by unidentified men at midnight, between December 31 and January 1, in Badah Town.
Meanwhile, journalists across the province continued protests in almost all cities and towns, demanding that the culprits be arrested immediately. On Friday, a joint protest was held by the Khairpur Union of Journalists and Sukkur Union of Journalists in Khairpur. A large number of journalists from Khairpur district and Sukkur participated in the protest, including Khairpur Press Club president Khan Mohammad, Khairpur Union of Journalists president Sufi Ishaq, Sukkur Union of Journalists president Imran Sahil and its secretary general, Perwaiz Khan. The protesters demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and the provision of security to the journalist fraternity.
Shan Dahar, an employee of Abbtak Television’s Larkana station, was shot in the back when he was standing at a medical store near Badah Press Club on the night between December 31 and January 1. He was rushed to Chandka Medical College Hospital in Larkana, where he succumbed to his injuries. The journalist fraternity from Badah and Larkana accused the doctors of negligence, contending that his life could have been saved had the doctors given him due care. They claimed that Shan had died due to excessive bleeding — a fact that was confirmed by the postmortem report.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2014.