Nawa-I-Waqt reporter shot dead by UC Chairman in Sialkot district of Punjab province

SAMBRIAL-In the course of his duty, Daily Nawa -I -Waqt Correspondent in Sambrial and former Press Club chairman Zeeshan Ashraf Butt was shot dead allegedly by the Begowala Union Council chairman in Sambrial tehsil of Sialkot district here on Tuesday.
According to the police, Zeeshan Ashraf went to Begowala for some domestic work. Imran Cheema, the chairman of Union Council Begowala, and Zeeshan quarreled over a money dispute, and the former allegedly opened fire on the latter, killing him on the spot. The accused then fled away by firing in the area.
Begowala police shifted the body to Sambrial THQ Civil Hospital for autopsy.
Meanwhile, the journalists’ community in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur expressed grave concerns over the brutal murder of their colleague. They strongly protested demanding immediate arrest of the accused.
According to his brother Musa Butt, Zeeshan had gone to the Union Council office upon some complaints from the local shopkeepers about new tax imposed by the UC chairman. His brother alleged that the UC chairman and some un-identified persons became furious over his questions and opened fire on him. He was shifted to THQ hospital Sambrial where doctors pronounced him dead.
A large number of journalists from all over Pakistan demanded DPO Sialkot to arrest the accused and send them behind bars.
Mean while the funeral of slain joournalist Zeshan Ashraf Butt was offered in Begowala today which was largely attended.His elder brother Luqman Butt told Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) on phone that his slain brother  Zeshan Ashraf Butt was 29 years old and was bachelor.He adopted profession of journalism three years ago.
President RMNP Ehsan Ahmed Sehar has condemned the killing of young journalist Zeshan Ashraf Butt and demanded of government to arrest the killers immediately.He said that government has failed to provide safe environment for working journalist and Zeshan is second journalist who killed this year in Pakistan.
Source. RMNPZeshan Butt

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