Haq, 42, a technician for the local Lahore cable station
City-42 TV, was killed while working at the scene of an armed attack on a
Muslim minority Ahmadi mosque, according to news accounts and CPJ interviews.
Haq was reporting live via cellphone from the scene, which
was in his neighborhood. Colleagues at City-42 TV said the shots that struck
him could be heard on the air. It was not clear who fired the fatal shots
during the fighting, in which Sunni Muslim gunmen and suicide bombers attacked
the mosque while police and military groups engaged them in close fire.
Pakistani media reports said Haq was survived by a wife, a
daughter, and a son. An eight-year veteran of the profession, he had worked for
City-42 for the previous three years, according to the Pakistan Federal Union
The mosque was one of two Ahmadi mosques that came under
attack that day. More than 90 people were killed in the sieges, which lasted
for several hours. The events were covered live by many of Pakistan’s news