On Friday morning, a journalist working with a private TV channel was shot dead by robbers in Karachi’s North Nazimabad area.
Police said the deceased was Athar Mateen — Samaa TV’s senior producer.
Mateen was coming home after dropping his children at their school. When he reached Shah Medical Hospital, near KDA Chowrangi, he saw robbers trying to rob a passer-by. The journalist accelerated his car and hit the robbers, who fell on the road.
According to the police, the muggers opened fire at Mateen and ran after snatching the motorbike of the other person.
Gulberg SP said Mateen, 42, suffered a wound in the chest and died on the way to a private hospital. The slain was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief over the murder of the journalist.
In a statement, PM Khan said that his government stood in solidarity with the bereaved family. The premier also directed the concerned officials and authorities to take all possible steps to arrest the culprits.
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also condemned the murder, asking Sindh government to ensure safety of journalists along with citizens of Karachi. Bilawal asserted that the provincial government wouldn’t let anyone sabotage the peace of the port city. The PPP chief hoped for early arrest of the suspects. Meanwhile, CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah also denounced Mateen’s murder, ordering the Additional Inspector General of police to submit the preliminary report and detain the culprits as soon as possible.
The CM said that the suspects would be arrested soon.
He said investigators collected bullet casings from the crime scene and sent them to the police’s forensic science lab.
“The evidence shows that it was not a targeted killing.” Mateen left behind two daughters and a widow to mourn.