A file photo of slain journalist Noor-ul-Hassan.

Said Nazir

PESHAWAR:  A TV reporter was target killed while a cameraman was injured when unknown persons opened fire on their vehicle on Ring road, Peshawar, police said on Monday.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Hayatabad circle Najmul Hasnain said that Noor-ul-Hassan, a reporter along with cameraman Sabir was going to Hayatabad town of Peshawar for some work when masked motorcyclists opened fired on their vehicle on Ring road Peshawar.

Noor-ul-Hassan and Sabir received serious injuries and were shifted shifted to Lady Reading Hospital where the former succumbed to his injuries while the latter is said to be in critical condition. The attackers fled from the scene unhurt and police said they have  started investigation in the case.

Noor-ul-Hassan worked for a private Roze TV channel as correspondent from Nowshera district. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This is the 5th killing of a journalist in KP during 2018. Earlier Bakhsh Elahi and Suhail khan were shot dead in Haripur district, Haroon Khan in Swabi and Ihsanullah Sherpao was gunned down in Charsadda district.

The president of Nowshera district union of journalists Nadeem Mashwani condemned the attack and termed the act as attack on the entire community of journalists. He asked the KP police to take prompt action for the arrest of the killers otherwise they would be forced to stage protest rallies again the government and police.

Inspector General of Police KP Salahuddin Mehsud has ordered  Qazi Jamil-ur-Rehman, Chief of Peshawar police, to launch an inquiry into the case and take all necessary measures for the arrest of the culprits.

Khyber Union of Journalists has also condemned the attack on journalists and termed the act as failure of government and police to protect journalists. President KHUJ Saiful Islam Saifi demanded of KP Chief Minister to take notice of the incident and ensure the arrest of the killers.

At least 26 journalists were killed in Pakistan during the last five years inline of duty but only the cases of 16 journalists went to court for trial and of which the prosecution and trial was concluded in six cases and conviction handed down in one case only.