PESHAWAR (Staff Report) – Senior tribal journalist, Zaman Mehsud Tuesday was killed by unidentified gunmen in Tank district.

According to Tank Police, Mehsud was riding a motorcycle in Dabra area of Tank when came under attack.

He had been working for three Urdu-language newspapers covering the South Waziristan tribal district and surrounding areas.

He was shifted to DHQ hospital, D,I Khan in critical condition, where he expired due to his critical wounds.

The FATA Journalists’ Association strongly condemned the killing of their colleague and demanded early arrest of the killers.

According to Police, the motive behind brutal murder could not be immediately ascertained.

Police have started investigation after registration of the case.

A UN report issued Monday said at least 71 Pakistani journalists and other media workers have lost their lives since 2001 while pursuing their duties.

The report criticised a widespread culture of impunity and ranked Pakistan as the world’s fifth worst country in terms of the number of unresolved cases of violence against journalists.