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US urges probe into Rashid Rehman's killing

WASHINGTON: The United States has urged Pakistan to inquire into the killing of Chairman Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Rashid Rehman in Multan, ARY News reported on Saturday.

Gunmen stormed Rehman's office late Wednesday and started firing indiscriminately, killing him and injuring two others, in the latest high-profile killing.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki talking to reporters said, "We were deeply saddened by the murder of Rashid Rehman, an attorney and human rights defender in Pakistan."

"We encourage Pakistani authorities, as we have in similar cases in Pakistan and around the world, to swiftly investigate this crime and bring to justice those responsible."

Psaki spoke as Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns was visiting Pakistan at what he said was a "moment of opportunity" in US-Pakistan ties.

Burns met with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as other top ministers and advisors.

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