The attack seems to be directly linked to his investigative article. When he went out to buy milk, four men ordered him to get out of his car and started beating him with their fists, wooden batons and a rubber whip. Kiani has been a target of violence already for the second time. In 2008, he was abducted, beaten and burned with cigarettes during an interrogation.
Pakistan has been hit by several cruel incidents involving officials or police force. Three weeks ago, another journalist, Saleem Shahzad, was beaten to death and lately, an unarmed 22-year-old has been executed by several paramilitary soldiers who now face murder charges. In terms of journalism, Pakistan is the world’s most dangerous country with 16 journalists killed in the last 18 months. Interior minister Rehman Malik has ordered a judicial inquiry and a police inquiry.