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Man kills his journalist wife in Pakistan

A woman journalist and social worker has been shot dead allegedly by her husband in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, a media report said on Sunday.

The incident took place in Turbat, the headquarters of Kech district, on Saturday.

According to a police statement, husband Mehrab Gichki took Shaheena Shaheen Baloch’s body to a hospital in a car but fled soon afterward. By that time, the woman had died from bullet wounds.

Police visited a house in the PTCL Colony, Turbat, where the shooting allegedly took place. Police found blood, an empty bullet shell and a bullet at the scene, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Police quoted some sources as saying that Baloch was the wife of Gichki. However, a relative of the deceased disputed this.

A case has been registered and an investigation is underway, a senior police official said, adding that Gichki is still absconding. He said the incident seemed to be a case of domestic violence.

An FIR has been registered against Gichki, who allegedly killed his wife Baloch by firing at her using his 9mm pistol in a house in Turbat, the report said.

She was editor of a Balochi language magazine, Dazgohar. She also hosted a program on PTV Bolan. Baloch was also involved in efforts aimed at empowering women, something that was reflected in her journalism.

Pakistan is considered to be one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.