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Pakistani Journalist Shot Dead By Unknown Gunmen

Pakistan is one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. (file photo)

Pakistani police say a journalist has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the country's restive northwest.

Police said Waseem Alam's body was found late on April 10 in the Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Alam was a journalist and editor at the local newspaper, Sada-e Lawaghir.

Police said Alam was returning home on his motorcycle when he was shot. He was rushed to hospital but was announced dead upon arrival.

Mehmood Khan, the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on April 11 condemned Alam's killing.

Alam's killing came as Pakistan's free press finds itself under unprecedented pressure from the authorities.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a poor, violence-stricken, and religiously conservative region that was once a stronghold of militant groups like Al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan is one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters.

In 2020, it ranked ninth on CPJ's annual Global Impunity Index, which assesses countries where journalists are killed regularly and their killers go free, with 15 unsolved murders.

On March 18, Ajay Lalwani, 31, a reporter for a local television station and an Urdu-language newspaper, was shot multiple times while having his hair cut at a barber shop in the southern province of Sindh.

Based on reporting by Dawn and Radio Pakistan