Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday halted his long march after a female Pakistani journalist covering his event died after being crushed under his container.
The deceased was identified as Channel Five reporter Sadaf Naeem. Khan’s container ran over the reporter after she fell from it near Sadhoke.
The incident prompted Khan to halt the march that he is leading toward Islamabad to pressure the federal government into calling snap elections.
His convoy started from the eastern city of Lahore and is expected to reach Islamabad on Friday.
“Shocked & deeply saddened by the terrible accident that led to the death of Channel 5 reporter Sadaf Naeem during our March today,” Khan said on Twitter.
The long march would start from Kamoke on its fourth day on Monday. Earlier, it was planned to reach Gujranwala by the end of its third day.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, while reacting to the death of the journalist, said that he was “deeply saddened” by the reporter’s death.
He further wrote in his tweet that Sadaf Naeem was a “dynamic and hardworking” reporter, adding that he prays for the forgiveness of the deceased and patience for the family.
Information Minister Maryyium Aurangzeb expressed shock over Sadaf’s death and questioned how the reporter was run over by the container-carrying truck used by Khan.
“I personally know her. She was a hard-working journalist and was killed while trying to interview Imran Khan which is shocking,” she said.
Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi lauded the deceased and extended his condolences to her family and announced financial assistance worth Rs 25 lakh for her family. “The Punjab government will take full care of the family,” he tweeted.