A Pakistan International Airlines employee was shot dead Tuesday and several more were wounded after clashes broke out between law enforcement agencies and workers protesting the planned privatization of the national carrier, hospital officials said.

 

Police and paramilitary rangers deployed tear gas and water cannon on the protesters after they blocked the main entrance to Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport around midday.

 

A spokesman at the Agha Khan hospital said one of the protesters, identified as Inayat Raza, had died of a gunshot wound. “The PIA employee was brought dead at our emergency department and our team attempted to revive him for 20 minutes,” the spokesman said.

 

Nadeem Jaffer, a colleague and friend of Raza, confirmed his death at the hospital.

 

 

 

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