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Hindu journalist killing sparks protests in Pakistan Pakistan Hindu Journalist

Hindu journalist killing sparks protests in Pakistan

South Asia Monitor/IBNS | @indiablooms | 22 Mar 2021, 06:45 pm

The journalist fraternity in Pakistan have protested the brutal killing of their colleague, Ajay Lalvani, who worked as a reporter in a private channel and an Urdu language newspaper, by unidentified assailants in the Sindh province last week.

The 31-year-old Hindu journalist in Pakistan was shot dead while he was getting a haircut at a barber shop.

After his funeral ceremony, the protesters held a march from the Taluka Hospital to the funeral place, claiming that the incident was a targeted killing, according to The News newspaper.

The local traders also joined in the protest, and observed a shutter-down strike.

The journalist community has held the police responsible for Lalvani's killing.

Dileep Kumar, the father of the journalist, said that they did not have any enmity and dismissed the police claim that the murder was a result of personal enmity.

Lalvani worked with a private Royal News TV channel and an Urdu language newspaper Daily Puchano. He died on Thursday after he sustained bullet injuries in stomach, arm and knee.

Condemning the killing, Hindu member of Pakistan’s National Assembly (MNA) Lal Chand Malhi said that it is a “matter of great concern.”

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an American independent non-profit organisation, urged authorities in Sindh province to immediately launch a credible investigation and apprehend those responsible for the killing.