Separatists of the Baloch Liberation Army have claimed responsibility for the assassination of Pakistani journalist Shahid Zehri, who they claim was a government intelligence agent. The targeted killing occurred on Oct. 10, 2021 in the town of Hub, 12 miles west of Karachi, and was executed using a suspected magnetic explosive device placed under the driver side seat.
In a statement, BLA spokesman Jeeyand Baloch claimed "...Shahid Zehri was committing various crimes using the noble profession of journalism. He supplied drugs from Gwadar to Karachi, did business with criminals, and even sexually assaulted young children. He had full support of Frontier Corps colonel in these crimes."
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Shahzada Zulfiqar, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) condemned the killing and said, “If you have the evidence, then present the evidence that he is not a journalist and is a party to the conflict ... We are not ready to accept this, without evidence.”
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