HARIPUR: A journalist was gunned down here on Sunday morning, police officials said.They said that Bakhsheesh Elahi, bureau chief of a newspaper, was on his way to Haripur city when unidentified motorcyclists sprayed him with bullets in a place falling in jurisdiction of the Sarai Saleh Police Station. His body was handed over to his family for burial after undergoing medico-legal formalities.
The police registered the case and started investigation. “The probe is underway to determine the motive behind the killing,” said an official.Meanwhile, the members of Haripur Union of Journalists condemned the murder of their colleague and demanded the government to arrest the culprits forthwith. They asked the government to announce compensation for the family of slain journalist. The local journalists also staged a rally to protest the incident.
APP adds: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb Sunday strongly condemned the heinous murder of a Haripur- based senior journalist Bakhshish Elahi which reportedly was an act of target killing.
Expressing her heart-felt condolences with the family of the deceased, she has advised the MNA from NA-19 Babar Nawaz Khan to employ all possible means to help the family in this hour of distress and bereavement.She also prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in peace and grant the bereaved family the courage and fortitude to overcome the shock of their loss.