Arshad Ali Jafri

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Jafri, a satellite engineer, was shot seven times in Karachi when three gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on the Geo TV broadcast van in which he was working, according to media reports. The driver of the van was shot twice in the shoulder, but managed to drive to a hospital, police told local media. Two other Geo TV media workers near the van at the time of the attack escaped without injury.

Police said they were investigating and had recovered bullet shells from the scene of the attack, Geo TV reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Geo TV has previously been threatened and harassed by authorities and extremist groups in Pakistan. CPJ has documented how its staff have been attacked and killed over the years.

The attack on Geo TV is similar to one on an Express TV van in Karachi in January 2014 in which three media workers died when gunmen opened fire, CPJ found. A news gathering van for Dawn TV News came under attack in Karachi on November 30, 2015, seriously injuring one employee, according to media reports. No arrests were made in any of the cases, according to reports.