Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday shot dead a 28-year-old journalist in Pakistan’s restive Swat valley,which has been overrun by Taliban militants.
Musa Khan Khel,who was working for Geo News channel and The News daily was shot dead in the Matta area of Swat,considered a stronghold of the local Taliban.
Khan had gone to the area to cover talks expected to be held between Taliban leader and hardliner cleric Maulana Sufi Mohammad,whose organisation has reached an agreement with the North West Frontier Province government on enforcing Sharia law in Swat and in parts of the province.
Earlier,Mohammad led hundreds of his supporters in a march to Matta. He was expected to hold talks with local Taliban leader Maulana Fazalullah,who is also Mohammad’s son-in-law,to convince the militants to lay down arms.
“We announce the sad news that the Geo TV correspondent in Swat was assassinated by unidentified gunmen,” an anchor on Geo News announced.
“We demand that the government trace the killers and punish them,” the anchor said.
No group claimed responsibility for the killing.
Khan Khel was the second journalist to be shot dead in Swat valley in three months. Information Minister Sherry Rehman condemned Khan Khel’s murder and said the killers would be brought to justice.