Senior journalist Jan Mohammad Mahar succumbs to injuries

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The journalism community mourns the loss of Jan Mohammad Mahar, a 50 year old senior journalist known for his fearless reporting, who tragically succumbed to his injuries following a brazen attack outside his office. Mahar, associated with the prominent Sindhi paper “Kawish” and its affiliated TV channel, KTN News, was ambushed by assailants as he left his office in Sukkur.

The incident unfolded on the evening of August 12, when Mahar was heading home around 9 PM. As he made his way to his car, two armed assailants on a motorbike confronted him and unleashed a hail of bullets.

Despite being rushed to a nearby government hospital, the absence of duty doctors prompted his transfer to a private clinic. Mahar passed away in a private hospital during his treatment.

“He was being operated upon but bullet injuries in his throat proved  fatal  for him  and  he died” added Naimat Khuhro, who is also associated with the same media group.

Jan Mohammad Mahar was widely known and respected  for his  bold reporting. He was attacked by two armed men riding on a motorbike when he came out from his office and started moving towards to his home at around 9 pm by his car .

The news of the death of the senior journalist spread like a wildfire and people expressed their anger and indignation over the worsening law and order situation and deteriorating condition of government hospitals in Sindh.

Sukkur SSP Sanghar Malik commented on the possible motives behind the attack, suggesting that longstanding enmities within Mahar’s hometown of Chak in the Shikarpur district could have played a role. The police have initiated a series of raids to apprehend the perpetrators.

The body of the slain journalist was brought to Chak where he was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard. Hundreds of people including journalists, politicians, members of the society and common people attended his funeral prayers. The journalists and members of the civil society staged the demonstrations in various towns of the province to register their protest against the brutal murder of yet another journalist in the Sukkur region.  The protesters demanded the judicial probe into the murder of killing of Jan Mohammad.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at