Pak jet escapes major accident, 10 injured

At least 10 passengers were injured as the tire of a domestic Shaheen Air International flight burst during an emergency landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Tuesday, Dawn reported.

The Karachi-Lahore flight NL-142 was carrying more than 100 passengers, airport sources said. The injured were provided with immediate medical treatment. None are said to be in critical condition.

The plane skidded off the Lahore runway when faulty landing gear caused the tire to burst, according to initial reports.

The fuselage of the aircraft was damaged after the plane skidded off the runway.

The pilot of the aircraft had given prior intimation to airport authorities regarding the fault in the landing gear before making the emergency landing.

Senior journalist killed in KPK

A Pakistani journalist was shot dead by unknown attackers in the troubled northwest Tuesday, police said, a region where reporters are frequently targeted by militants.

Zaman Mehsud, 40, was killed while riding his motorcycle to the remote Tank district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

“Zaman Mehsud was riding his motorcycle when gunmen awaiting along the road opened fire,” Rasool Shah, a senior police official in Tank, told AFP.

He was critically wounded and died of his injuries in hospital, Shah added.

He had been working for three Urdu-language newspapers covering the South Waziristan tribal district and surrounding areas.

Zafrul Islam, another senior government official, confirmed the incident and said Mehsud was hit by five bullets including one in the head.

Police would not comment on the motive for the killing, but journalists in the region work under constant threat from Islamist rebels, mainly the Taliban.

The powerful military also stands accused of using its intelligence agencies to regularly harass and sometimes kill journalists, including Saleem Shahzad whose tortured corpse was discovered near the capital in 2011.

A UN report issued Monday said at least 71 Pakistani journalists and other media workers have lost their lives since 2001 while pursuing their duties.

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