QUETTA: Three people including two journalists were killed in a firing incident in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province on Thursday evening.
Unidentified armed militants barged into the office of news agency, Online and gunned down Irshad Mastoi, the Bureau Chief of the agency, reporter Abdul Rasool Khajak and accountant Muhammad Younas were also killed by the militants“All victims received multiple bullets.According to details despite crowd and high security zone, the assailants managed to escape unhurt from the spot.
Police and Frontier Corps personnel reached the office and started an initial investigation into the incident.Irshad Mastoi was working as bureau chief of Online news agency and assignment editor ARY News TV channel. Slain Irshad Mastoi was also the general secretary of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) and was quite active in his field
Dead bodies of the victims were rushed to Civil Hospital in Quetta. A large number of journalists reached the hospital and chanted full-throated slogans against the cold blooded murder of journalists.
President RMNP Ehsan Ahmed Khan Sehar has strongly condemned the incident and termed it an attack at freedom of expression.
Pakistan is ranked by rights groups and watchdogs as one of the the world’s most dangerous country for journalists and reporters.
According to RMNP monitoring , seven journalists and five media workers lost their lives up to 28th August this year in the country while one media worker and three journalists were shot dead in two consecutive days.