Pakistani activist murdered in Karachi

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Pakistani activist murdered in Karachi

Pakistani activist Khurram Zaki murdered in Karachi

  • 8 May 2016
  • From the section Asia
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A prominent Pakistani journalist and human rights activist, Khurram Zaki, has been shot dead in Karachi.

Reports say Mr Zaki was dining in a restaurant in the north of the city when four suspects opened fire from two motorbikes.

Two other people were badly wounded in the attack.

He was an editor of the website Let us Build Pakistan, which condemns sectarianism and is seen as promoting democratic and progressive values.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the shooting.

Mr Zaki’s most recent campaign had been against those he accused of inciting hatred and violence against Shia Muslims.

He and other campaigners had filed a court case charging Abdul Aziz, the cleric of the Red Mosque in Islamabad, with incitement against the Shia minority.

Staff at the website paid tribute to their murdered colleague, and vowed to continue to stand up to militant groups.

“In boldly highlighting and supporting the rights of Sunni Barelvis, Shias, Sufis, Ahmadis, Hindus and Christians, his contribution as citizen journalism was much bigger than all journalists combined in Pakistan,” their statement said.

“His death is the grim reminder that whoever raises voice against Taliban [and other militant groups] in Pakistan will not be spared. And when they have to murder, they never fail.”

Source: BBC World

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