A feminine journalist was crushed to demise in Pakistan whereas masking a political march led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, a senior police officer stated.
Sadaf Naeem, 36, a tv journalist with Channel 5 in Lahore, died on Sunday after she slipped from the container truck that Khan was touring in, stated Salman Zafar, assistant superintendent in Kamuke, one of many cities on the march’s path.
Journalist Qazzafi Butt, who witnessed the incident, instructed Reuters that Naeem misplaced her steadiness has she tried to climb onto Khan’s truck to interview him, and the truck’s wheel ran over her head.
Khan’s convoy was making its method by way of Punjab province towards Islamabad on the march’s third day. The demonstrators had been difficult Khan’s successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his authorities, demanding early elections. It has been the follow of Khan’s convoy staff to ask a couple of journalists at a time onto the highest of the truck to talk to Khan.
“Shocked & deeply saddened by the horrible accident that led to the demise of Channel 5 reporter Sadaf Naeem throughout our March at this time,” Khan said in a tweet. “I’ve no phrases to precise my sorrow. My prayers & condolences go to the household at this tragic time. We now have cancelled our March for at this time.”
Sharif additionally expressed his condolences to Naeem’s bereaved household, asserting a roughly $20,000 donation to her relations.
“Deeply saddened by the demise of reporter Sadaf Naeem after falling from a protracted march container,” Sharif said in a tweet. “Can’t really feel unhappy sufficient over this tragic incident. Heartfelt condolences to the household. Sadaf Naeem was a dynamic and hardworking reporter. We pray for endurance for the household of the deceased.”
Naeem was the breadwinner for her household and had labored as a journalist for 12 years. Pakistani officers say they’ll bear the dwelling prices and academic bills of her two youngsters, aged 17 and 21.
Journalist Mazhar Abbas referred to as the accident a “tragedy” and appealed to Channel 5 to “take care of her household as she died within the line of obligation.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What a tragedy. A younger reporter <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SadafNaeem?src=hash&ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#SadafNaeem</a> died whereas masking the lengthy march of ex-PM Imran Khan. I enchantment to Channel V to take care of her household as she died within the line of obligation. All TV channels should guarantee life insurance coverage and coaching. Deepest condolence with the household.</p>— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MazharAbbasGEO/standing/1586751655592267778?ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>October 30, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
About 10,000 of Khan’s supporters, lots of them piled into lots of of vans and automobiles, left from Lahore on Friday.
The convoy’s journey, anticipated to be capped with an open-ended rally in Islamabad, may current a major problem to the brand new administration. The rally may doubtlessly additionally flip violent if police transfer in to disperse Khan’s supporters.