Gunmen opened fire on Qureshi and his colleague, Muhammad
Siddiq Mosiani, near a newsstand in Khuzdar district in the southwestern
province of Baluchistan on April 11, according to Qureshi’s editor and local
Qureshi was treated in a local hospital for two gunshot
wounds to the stomach, but died five days later, news reports said. Mosiani
survived, according to the reports.
The motive for the attack was not immediately
clear, according to Asif Baloch, the editor of the Quetta-based Daily Azadi.
Local officials said they were investigating but had made no progress, he said.
Although some news reports said militants from the separatist Baluchistan
Liberation Army carried out the shooting, Baloch said they had not claimed
responsibility and had no known reason to attack the journalist.