Pakistan TV journalist killed in Swat Valley (Lead)

February 18th, 2009 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) A Pakistani journalist with Geo TV was shot dead Wednesday in the country’s northwest, two days after Islamabad allowed the Taliban to impose Shariat (Islamic law) in the area.
Geo TV said unidentified gunmen shot dead Musa Khan Khel in Matta area of Swat Valley in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Khan Khel, who also worked for the English newspaper The News, was in the area to cover the talks between the local Taliban leader and a cleric, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported.

“We demand of the government to trace the killers and punish them,” Geo TV said.

No group claimed responsibility for the killing.

Khan Khel is the second journalist to be shot dead in Swat valley in three months.

Information Minister Sherry Rehman condemned Khan Khel’s murder and vowed to bring the murderers to justice.

On Monday, the Tehrik Nifaz-i-Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM) reached an agreement with the provincial government of NWFP that Sharia would be imposed in Malakand division, which includes the Swat Valley.

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