Balochistan: Police probe minister after a journalist’s killing

On Saturday, the police said that they were investigating the target killing of a local journalist to determine whether a provincial minister was behind the killing.

According to details, the development comes a day after the family of Anwar Jan accused Abdul Rehman Khetran, a minister for food in Balochistan, of hiring gunmen to kill Anwar Jan.

Police told media that a murder investigation has been initiated into Khetran’s possible involvement. Khetran has denied being involved, saying the gunmen blamed by Jan’s family for killing him were not his men.

Jan was killed by unidentified gunmen as he was returning to his home in the town of Barkhan. His family insists Khetran ordered Jan’s murder in retaliation for Jan exposing alleged corruption.

Balochistan is considered to be one of the most dangerous places for journalists; the abduction and targeted killings of journalists are not uncommon.

Anwar Jan’s killing comes few days after when a prominent Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, who is unrelated, was abducted in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad. His abductors freed him in a deserted place 12 hours later.

The government has not commented on who was behind Matiullah Jan’s abduction.

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