The journalist, working for the local newspaper Jurm-o- Saza, was shot dead in Mandi Bahaudin in the Malikwal by unidentified gunmen.
Family sources said that two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire targeting Jurm-o- Saza journalist Abidi when the journalist and his brother Muhammad Asif were returning home. The journalist sustained serious injuries to his legs and was taken to local Malikwal hospital. Given the severity of the injuries, the hospital referred the journalist to Malikwal district hospital for further treatment. Abidi died on the way to the district hospital.
According to Abidi’s brother Asif, the gunmen at first shouted that their attack was in retaliation for a report Abidi had published. They then shot at the Abidi and fled the scene.
According to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, police arrested one suspect allegedly involved in Abidi’s murder.