Journalists Killed  |  Pakistan

Faisal Qureshi

The London Post

October 7, 2011, in Lahore, Pakistan

The body of Qureshi, 31, an editor for the political news website The London Post, was discovered about 2 a.m. by his brother Zahid after family members found blood stains outside the journalist's house, the Pakistani daily The Express Tribune reported. Police reports said Qureshi's throat had been cut and described his body as showing signs of torture, The Express Tribune said.

Another brother, Shahid, who lives in London, told CPJ that the killers had taken the journalist's laptop and telephone. Shahid Qureshi, who also wrote for The London Post website, told CPJ that he and his brother had received death threats from men who claimed they were from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM. The London Post, which was widely recognized as anti-MQM, had run a series of critical stories on the party's exiled leader, Altaf Hussain.

Police arrested Faisal Hameed, a childhood friend of Qureshi, in December 2011, alleging monetary motives, according to local news reports. As of February 2013, Hameed remained in custody pending trial. An investigative documentary produced by Samaa TV raised numerous questions about the police investigation and cast doubt on the allegations against Hameed. 

Medium: Internet

Job: Editor, Internet Reporter

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: Yes

Threatened: Yes

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