A Pakistani journalist working for a local TV station has been shot dead while driving his car in the eastern city of Lahore, police said.
Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Husnain Shah's vehicle near the Lahore Press Club on January 24 before fleeing the scene, said senior police officer Safdar Raza Kazmi, adding that officials were still investigating to determine who killed the journalist.
After the killing, angry journalists rallied in Lahore, condemning the assault and demanding the arrest of the killers, and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) announced a countrywide protest.
Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar condemned the attack and ordered an investigation.
Journalists in Pakistan have long been subjected to violent attacks. In 2020, Pakistan ranked ninth on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual Global Impunity Index, which assesses countries where journalists are regularly killed and the assailants go free.