Firing outside Express Media office, 2 injured

Published: August 16, 2013

A view of police officers reaching the Express News office. PHOTO: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

KARACHI: A woman and a guard were injured when four unknown armed persons on motorcycles opened fire at the Express Media office, Express News reported on Friday.

The injured guard and woman were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Despite being notified, police officials took 40 minutes to reach the site of the incident.

It is estimated that they sprayed 20-22 bullets at the office building.

Road leading up to the Express Office main gate, teeming with security officials. PHOTO: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the incident and demanded immediate report on the attack at the Express Media office.

He also said that he hoped for speedy recovery of the injured.

President Asif Ali Zardari has also taken notice of and strongly condemned the attack on the Express Media office.

The Chief Minister of Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah took notice of the incident.

Security forces show up at the Express Media office. PHOTO: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

Suspects

Sketches of two suspects believed to be involved in the attack have been released.

Eyewitness account 

“There were four people on two motorbikes, the drivers were wearing helmets. The two passengers got off and opened fire directly at the guards outside the office. After they fired, they left in the direction of Baloch Colony.”

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Reader Comments (32)

  • ?
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:43AM

    Lets pray that its not sikander part 2

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  • SAFE
    Aug 16, 2013 - 12:13PM

    BE SAFE,TAKE CARE.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Aug 16, 2013 - 12:26PM

    Freedom of speech from ET readers telecast on ET against MQM could be the trigger

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  • Shocked
    Aug 16, 2013 - 12:44PM

    Shocking news. But why?? Stay safe.

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  • Libra
    Aug 16, 2013 - 12:55PM

    What would be the safety of staff when moving in and out of the office i.e. home to office and office to home or field.

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  • Aug 16, 2013 - 1:01PM

    what is the message ? keep off criticizing religion , Pakistan & TTP.

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  • John
    Aug 16, 2013 - 1:04PM

    The involvement of the same people who made Jasmin Manzoor flee the scene,cannot be ruled out here!come on its Democracy,Desi Style!

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  • Talat Haque
    Aug 16, 2013 - 1:34PM

    Happy no one was killed ………….. but this is a warning ………….. from?

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  • Parvez
    Aug 16, 2013 - 1:42PM

    Et this is a sign that you are doing something right………..well done.

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  • ali ahmed
    Aug 16, 2013 - 1:45PM

    @ Truth_Prevails…freedom of speech..PTI may be involved

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  • Anonymous
    Aug 16, 2013 - 1:52PM

    Two motorbikes arrive, two men get off and fire. Seems like enough time for one of the several guards placed outside to at least return fire..

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  • Naeem.Asghar
    Aug 16, 2013 - 2:09PM

    Come and shoot us, shut our businesses but we will not stop telling TRUTH….journalist are ment to die for truth and we are ready…….

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  • YP Mississauga
    Aug 16, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Well, its good to know that noone was seriously hurt
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    The two passengers got off and opened fire directly at the guards outside the office. After they fired, they left in the direction of Baloch Colony.”

    What about your security staff, what were they doing? Your office should work on your own security arrangements.

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  • Last Word
    Aug 16, 2013 - 3:04PM

    The most vibrant and fearless daily in Pakistan has been attacked. Reason for this attack must have been conveyed to ET which should be disclosed to the viewers. Stay safe and God less you all.

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  • Sohail khan
    Aug 16, 2013 - 3:25PM

    we will not stop telling TRUTH….journalist are ment to die for truth and we are ready…….

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  • Aug 16, 2013 - 3:53PM

    How do these people get guns. Is it that easy in Pakistan to get the guns?

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  • Zulfikar
    Aug 16, 2013 - 4:31PM

    @Naeem.Asghar: Oh come on sayeen do not be so emotional like Sikander who was arrested in Islamabad last evening…anyway stay safe!

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  • Asad M.
    Aug 16, 2013 - 5:01PM

    4 Motorcyclists, 2 on each bike, all wearing helmets, the rear ones unseated and fired, then they fled.
    The most common, popular, cheapest & easiest mode of attacking in Karachi for many years. No govt., agency, police etc. ever formulates any mechanism, law, networking, monitoring & surveillance system to track, grab & punish these ‘biker killers’. From where they come, where they run, where they hide, where they park their vehicles, and next day how they come on roads again with same bikes and guise? CCTV control rooms skip them always and report nothing.
    I think every native is having some fair idea about such heinous activists living in their areas- few of the journalists know the names even of such terrorists (backed by Political Parties) then how come not the Police or Security Agencies or Sind Govt know about them?
    Wait..wait wait – They already know them? They do have the tracking system? I see…then -The Same Reconciliation Politics, The Promises of Same Future Coalitions, The Same Hidden Support to Killers & The Same Weak Prosecution if Caught, And at last- Helpless and Scared Courtrooms releasing them with Honor are the Reasons & Consequences for encouraging these killers to act persistently. The victim is the common innocent citizen.
    Disappointing as always- Shame on Police, Agencies and Sind Govt for being sold out so cheaply.
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  • unbelievable
    Aug 16, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Must mean your doing something right – keep up the good work.

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  • expaki
    Aug 16, 2013 - 5:45PM

    *beside good wishes, if I was in Pakistan, I would have had stood your armed guard for free. Because now its time to break the necks of these criminals, once for all. *

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  • Asad M.
    Aug 16, 2013 - 5:48PM

    ….,, And please, does anyone know the exact number of Rangers deployed in Karachi? Each of them should be equipped with a DUFF so that they can play them to keep themselves little busy when innocent citizens are being attacked, injured and killed freely over here- REAL BURDEN on the Economy and a team of ILLUSIONISTS to deceive Karachi being Secured & Monitored. Consistently ineffective & failed by results, but still here for just SILENT SIGHTING.

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Aug 16, 2013 - 6:56PM

    How ,openly they fired, no security people here?
    TE should know, they are reporting so well,true, they will face these kind of action,
    they should keep security tight for safety or their workers

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  • Luciferous
    Aug 16, 2013 - 6:58PM

    They just came to take measurements!!

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  • abc
    Aug 16, 2013 - 7:49PM

    I think, as most of the times the case is, it MQM trying to pressurise Channels.

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  • modiFied
    Aug 16, 2013 - 8:19PM

    People are giving various reasons, motives for the attack. Let me add my one cent towards that. By the way, did ET hire new security agency lately and fired the old one ? If yes, I won’t rule out the mischief by the earlier security agency.

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  • Adnan
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:39PM

    In mqm bashing how conveniently we are ignoring innocent friends of NAYA KPK for whom Karachi is the largest base camp. ET’s sponsors belong to the community which has most recently joined the club of victims.

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  • Adnan
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:39PM

    In mqm bashing how conveniently we are ignoring innocent friends of NAYA KPK for whom Karachi is the largest base camp. ET’s sponsors belong to the community which has most recently joined the club of victims.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 17, 2013 - 1:28AM

    It’s shocking for me. I just read the news.

    May Al-Mighty Allah save every one at the Express Media Office.

    Ameen.

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  • gp65
    Aug 17, 2013 - 1:45AM

    Stay safe.Recommend

  • ibnarastoo
    Aug 17, 2013 - 1:52AM

    oh my goodness, sorry about this incident. I hope everyone remains safe and non violent please.

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  • Rashid
    Aug 18, 2013 - 12:43AM

    @Indian trolls

    Please refrain from commenting. It’s our internal matters. In fact it’s your anti-Pakistani rants allowed in ET made itself a target. So if you love ET, lie low for a while, come back when things cool down a bit. We don’t want ET to be harmed in anyways.

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  • Aug 19, 2013 - 9:25PM

    Excellent blog post. It’s valuable information.Recommend

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