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Karachi police arrest alleged killer of senior journalist Zeba Burney

Karachi police arrest alleged killer of senior journalist Zeba Burney

Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested the killer of senior journalist Zeba Burney, who was murdered at her Karachi residence a day before Eidul Fitr, a press release said.

Within a few days after the incident, the investigation arm of police (East zone) arrested suspect Kashif Jameel for Burney's murder, in what Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation East Zulfiqar Mahar said was a challenging case for the police.

Jameel allegedly murdered the senior journalist during an attempt to rob her of money, mobile phone and jewellery, the SSP said.

When Burney put up "strong resistance" during the robbery attempt, the alleged killer strangulated her with electrical wire to death.

According to police, Jameel earlier used to live in the same plaza as Burney, before he was forced to leave for failing to pay the rent.

Burney, who remained associated with journalism for 30 years, had been living alone after retirement from Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper.

The wife of late journalist Naeem Qamar, she was found dead inside her flat in Khudadad Colony on Monday morning.

Burney also remained an office-bearer of the Karachi Press Club for some time during her career.

Various journalistic organisations had condemned the senior journalist's murder and demanded that the case be resolved swiftly.

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