Journalist killed in Srinagar
31 January 2003
JAMMU: Militants shot dead a Kashmiri journalist, Parvaz Mohammad Sultan, in his office in Srinagar today. Mr. Sultan was the editor and owner of a local news agency, NAFA. According to reports, two youths came to his office this evening at the Press Enclave on Residency Road and talked to him for around five minutes. At around 5.45 p.m., one of them took out a pistol fitted with silencer and shot him on the head. Mr. Sultan was taken to the Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, but doctors declared him dead. Journalists rushed to the hospital after hearing of the incident. The 35-year old Mr. Sultan was associated with many local Urdu newspapers and had edited many of them. The Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, condemned the killing, terming it 'an attack on the freedom of the press'.