Mushtaq Khand

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Khand, 35, was among six people killed when gunmen opened
fire on a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rally in Khairpur in Sindh province. A
10-year veteran journalist, Khand was a reporter for Dharti Television Network
and had been the president of the Khairpur Press Club for five years. He had
also worked for the Sindhi newspaper Mehran in Hyderabad.

Police conducted overnight raids after the shooting and
arrested 10 unidentified suspects, news reports said. News accounts reported
different motives for the shooting. Investigators first blamed a family feud
for the attack; Geo TV reported the gunfire erupted after an argument between
two rival groups at the rally.

Khand was survived by two wives and several children. After
his funeral in his home village near Khairpur, his colleagues and friends
demonstrated in front of the Khairpur Press Club, protesting against the
government for failing to protect its citizens.