KARACHI: A Geo News technical engineer was killed when his Digital Satellite Information Collection (DSNG) van was attacked in the Bahadurabad area on Tuesday.
The driver of the van was also shot and wounded in the attack.
Police remained unaware of the motive, but investigators are confident the attack was not an attempted assault as it was deliberate murder.
SSP East Javed Jiskani Baloch said there were four employees with the DSNG. Two of them were inside a neighborhood store, while engineer Syed Arshad Jaffery and driver Anis Chauhan waited for them by the side of the road.
According to a witness, three men dressed in Shalwar-Kameez went there on motorcycles. One of them got off the bike and fired several shots.
Mr. Jaffery was shot seven times and the driver was hit by one.
Mr Baloch said the injured driver took the vehicle to a private hospital where Mr Jaffery died.
He said the facts were being gathered and investigations were opened because the police were not aware of any specific threats to the news channel by any individual or group.
Geo News management called it a “targeted attack” and said the attack was apparently aimed at harassing not only the station’s staff, but the Pakistani media as a whole.
“The police have to determine the motive for the attack, but we obviously see it as a targeted attack not only against Geo and his team, but also against the free media in the country,” said Azhar Abbas, director of Geo News. “We strongly condemn this attack, but at the same time we count on the police who assured us a thorough, swift and transparent investigation into the incident. We expect them to bring planners and abusers to justice. “
The Federal Union of Journalists of Pakistan and the Union of Journalists of Karachi called it an attempt to harass and suppress the media. They demanded a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident.
They also urged the government to ensure the safety of the community of journalists and media organizations.
Sindh Interior Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal ordered DIG East to submit a report immediately. He promised to arrest the culprits and bring them to justice.
The assault came as a grim reminder of an incident in which three Express News employees were gunned down in North Nazimabad in January last year.
This attack was claimed by outlaws Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
Posted in Dawn, September 9, 2015