ISLAMABAD: A Christian journalist has been shot dead by unknown gunmen near his home in the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan, police said on Tuesday.
According to the FIR, unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on 37-year-old Khais Javed at the home of Dera Ismail Khan, a district bordering the volatile tribal area of ‚Äč‚ÄčNorth Waziristan at midnight.
Ajmatullah, an FIR-registered police station officer, said the journalist was shot several times and taken to a major hospital in the city but died on the way. “No one has been arrested so far,” the police officer said.
Neither group immediately claimed responsibility for the murder and said police are investigating to determine the motive. The deceased’s family said they had no personal grudge against anyone.
Javed was working in the local newspaper Ehadnama. He had worked as a cameraman for a private news channel and had recently launched his own web channel.
In recent years, several extremist groups have targeted members of Pakistan’s religious minority.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Pakistan is considered a dangerous place for journalists. Seventy journalists have been killed in the country in the last two decades.

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