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Pakistani human rights activist Hidayat Lohar shot dead

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 17 Feb 2024

Pakistani human rights activist Hidayat Lohar shot dead

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead human rights activist Hidayat Lohar in Sindh region of Pakistan, media reports said.

The police have not lodged an FIR into the incident.

Lohar's family told The Friday Times that he was the headmaster at a local school, Golu Gawans.

Terming it a targeted killing, Lohar's family said that the police have yet to lodge an FIR for the fatal gun attack.

In a statement, Human Rights organisations Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) condemned the killing and said: "The Sindhi Association of North America condemns the brutal assassination of longtime activist and schoolteacher Hidyat Lohar in Naseer Abad, Sindh."

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan posted on X: "HRCP is shocked to learn that schoolteacher and political activist Hidayat Lohar has been murdered in a target killing by unknown persons. Given that Mr Lohar was forcibly disappeared for two years himself and that his family are notable activists for victims of enforced disappearances in Sindh, this incident must be taken seriously. HRCP demands a prompt and transparent investigation into Mr Lohar's murder. HRCP will hold a protest, led by chairperson Asad Iqbal Butt, on Saturday 17 Feb at 4 pm outside the Karachi Press Club in solidarity with Mr Lohar's family."