Shakir, who wrote for the Online News Network and was a correspondent
for the Baluch television station Sabzbaat, was shot repeatedly by two men on a
motorcycle shortly after midday as he headed home from the press club in
Khuzdar, the district capital in the center of Baluchistan, according to the
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Shakir’s colleagues in the Baluchistan Union of Journalists
said the 30-year-old reporter had been working on and off as a journalist for
about eight years, and they did not know of any threats directed at him.
Representatives of the Pakistan Press Foundation, a media support group, told
CPJ that Shakir had also been an activist with Baluch separatist organizations
and said that was the probable reason he was targeted.