Journalist Wali Khan Babar’s killer arrested

The killer of journalist Wali Khan Babar was arrested on Monday, police officials revealed in a press conference.

Kamran alias Zeeshan Shani was arrested during a joint operation, said Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon, adding that Shani had opened fire on Babar.

Memon said that till 2015, four accused received life imprisonment in the case and another suspect Faisal Mota was arrested.

“Kamran was still at large and kept changing his hideouts and finally this morning, on the intelligence-based tipoff by a federal agency, our special investigation unit apprehended him with weapons,” said the police chief.

Memon said that Shani lived in several areas for five years and then shifted to Gulshan-e-Maymar area, where he was living with his family.

Babar was gunned down in Liaquatabad area of Karachi on January 13, 2011, when he was returning home from the office.

The police official said the culprit has informed them about four murder cases so far and they will seek more information from him.

Both Kamran alias Shani and Faisal Mota were involved in the murder so they received death sentences, he added.

The police official said that the case gained much highlight, as Babar was a crime reporter of a leading news channel and quite active in the field.

Initially, there were eight accused and among them was one identified as Liaquat Ali, who was killed in an encounter and could not be tried under the law.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, “Babar was shot shortly after his story on gang violence aired on the country’s most widely watched broadcaster, Geo TV.”

Four witnesses for the case were killed during the years 2011-2012, while advocate Naimat Ali Randhawa was murdered in September 2013 at the time when he was acting as a special public prosecutor in the case.