TV reporter among 7 dead in Khairpur firing
KHAIRPUR: Sunday’s attack on a meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party in Khairpur town of Sindh has also left a journalist dead, among six PPP workers, and three other reporters injured, SAMAA reported. The journalist was associated with a private news TV as a reporter. He was present in the gathering when unknown armed men opened fire on the participants, killing seven and wounding over 15 late on Sunday. Most of the deceased and injured were PPP activists. Police said the gunmen opened fire when people started coming to attend the public meeting. Three reporters also sustained bullet wounds in the deadly attack on a public gathering organized by the ruling party in Khairpur, the hometown of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
Journalist organizations have announced protest demonstrations in Sindh against murder of their colleague.
The PPP has suspended all political activities for a day and announced holiday in the district.
Police say ten suspects have been arrested during a search operation in the town, adding that a team has been constituted to investigate the firing incident.
President Asif Zardari has condemned that gory incident and sought report from the provincial government, saying that firing on a political rally and unarmed workers is intolerable.
Zardari ordered the authorities to provide the best possible medical treatment to the injured.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, announced Rs300,000 each for the deceased families and Rs100,000 for the severely injured.