Dharti Television Network and Mehran
October 7, 2012, in Khairpur, Pakistan
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.
Medium: Print, Television
Job: Broadcast Reporter, Print Reporter
Beats Covered: Crime, Politics, War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire: Unknown Fire