Pakistan: Muhammad Jan Gigyani Killed
March 31, 2017, 5:38 am

Muhammad Jan Gigyani, a well-known human rights defender and senior lawyer who regularly worked on women’s rights and labour rights cases in courts, was shot dead on the morning of 4 March 2017 in his hometown Shabqadar in district Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was driving to the local court along with his nephew when two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on him before fleeing. According to the local police, Muhammad Jan Gigyani was critically wounded and died on his way to the hospital. His nephew was also seriously injured. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a banned militant group responsible for many of the recent militant attacks in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the killing in a statement sent to local media.