Journalist gunned down in Miranshah
[Dawn] A senior local journalist working for a Pak newspaper and TV news channel was shot down Wednesday by unknown gunnies in restive North Wazoo agency, family members said.

According to family members, Malik Mumtaz, a correspondent for The News and Geo News, was rubbed out Wednesday in his home town of Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
in the militancy hit tribal region.

Mumtaz was president of the local press club and had reported on the area for more than 20 years.

Mehboob Afridi, the secretary general of the Tribal Union of Journalists, confirmed the Mumtaz had been rubbed out and condemned the killing.

"Mumtaz was traveling towards Chashma bridge when the attackers fired on his vehicle," said Afridi.

Local media men said Mumtaz may have been killed by bully boyz as he had been receiving threats. However,
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a front man for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) condemned the killing and denied any involvement in the attack.

"He was a good news hound and was serving tribal people, we condemn his killing and salute his services for tribal people," TTP front man Ehsanullah Ehsan said by telephone from some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.

Mumtaz is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter.

According to the press campaign group Reporters Without Borders, Pakistain was the third deadliest country for journalists last year, behind Syria and Somalia, with 10 killed in connection with their work.

Posted by: Fred 2013-02-28