The police said that the alleged murderer was co-worker of the victim journalist and he shot him dead over a minor issue. The alleged murderer has confessed his crime, the police added.
The victim, identified as Anjum Muneeb, was sub-editor at a local Urdu language newspaper. Muneeb was on the way home when unidentified person opened indiscriminate fire at him near Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi last week and fled. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.
To investigate the blind murder case, a special police team under the supervision of SP Potohar Circul Syed Ali was constituted. The team, after 13 days investigation, succeeded to arrest a friend of Muneeb, identified Qaisar Rehman, a resident of Alipur Farash, Islamabad.
Qaisar, during initial interrogation, confessed his crime and revealed that the victim journalist was his friend for the last one-and-half-year. They were also working in the same office. During their friendship, they had developed serious differences over certain issues.
The police said the alleged murderer purchased a pistol with the intention of killing Muneeb and on March 2 when Muneeb left his office, he started chasing him. When the victim reached near the hotel, Qaisar opened indiscriminate fire and fled.
Following the incident, the local police reached the spot and shifted Muneeb to a hospital for medico-legal formalities. The police team also collected six bullets from the crime scene and initiated interrogation.
The victim journalist was a resident of Dheri Hassanabad, Rawalpindi and he had left a five-year-old son.
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