Jam Saghir Ahmed Lar

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Jam Saghir Ahmed Lar, a correspondent for the Daily Khabrain newspaper and contributor to local news outlets in the city of Khanpur in central Punjab province, was fatally shot by three unidentified assailants on March 14, 2024.

Lar was inside a pharmacy when he was attacked by three individuals, two armed with AK-47 rifles and one with a pistol, before they fled on a motorbike, according to a first information report (FIR) —a document which opens an investigation—lodged by Jaleel Ahmed, the journalist’s brother.

The motive behind Lar’s killing remains unclear, but his brother told CPJ that the journalist received death threats from unidentified sources following his reporting on influential local figures.

Police in Punjab province did not respond to CPJ’s emailed request for comment.