Senior journalist Hamid Mir attacked in Karachi

Hospital says after an operation lasting 150 minutes, Mir was stable and will be kept under observation overnight.


Rabia Ali/web Desk April 19, 2014
He was on his way to his office from Jinnah International Airport when the incident happened on main Shahrah-e-Faisal. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Unknown assailants shot at senior journalist Hamid Mir on Saturday, leaving him severely injured, Express News reported.

Mir was transported to a hospital for treatment, following the shooting which was carried out by four assailants on two motorcycles.

Khalid, a shopkeeper at Falaknaz Tower said that a man wearing shalwar kameez, standing on the road, shot at Mir's car and then his accomplice picked him up and followed the journalist's car.

A guard at the scene fired back at the assailants, but they fled.

Police official Shahid Hayat said that Mir was shot at thrice and he is out of danger now.

A statement from the Aga Khan university read that after an operation lasting 150 minutes, Mir was stable and will be kept under observation overnight.





Mir was on his way to his office from Jinnah International Airport when the incident happened on main Shahrah-e-Faisal, under a bridge near the airport.

Forensics team is now investigating the spot.

SSP Pir Mohammad Shah said that nine bullet casings/shells were found from the firing.

Hamid Mir is a renowned news anchor and is the host of the popular talk show on Geo TV, Capital Talk.

Both the President and the Prime Minister condemned the attack.

Later, the army condemned the attack prayed for his well being and quick recovery.

According to a statement of Inter-Services Public Relations spokesperson, an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts. The spokesperson added that allegations against ISI or head of ISI without any basis is highly regrettable and misleading.



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Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and information minister Pervaiz Rashid condemned the attack.

In 2012, Mir escaped an assassination bid when police defused a bomb planted under his car in Islamabad, police and his channel said.

“It’s a message to me as well as Geo and the journalist community in Pakistan,” Mir told the television channel. “They want to stop us from speaking the truth but I want to tell them that we will not be deterred.”

COMMENTS (91)

Muhammed Yousuf | 6 years ago | Reply

Honourable Hameed Meer Saheb, Assalam o Alaikun, I pray before Allah togive u all the necesities with eemaan and good health to enjoy peaceful life with family and infor us ever the truth, I miss u too much and ever from 8.oo PM on Monday to Thursday wait before GEO TV to see your Intelligent, impressive, confident and honourable face. hope soon will see u.

FARHAT SADAQA | 6 years ago | Reply

It is a terrible news very shocking but not strange.I as a photographer journalist farhat sadaqa strongly condemn growing threats ,attacks on journalists .Governament must ensure their safety ,not only ensure but immpliment a strategy that really help journalists security .journalists are the true victums and have been sandwiched between establishment , milllitary and millitants ,facing threats on ethnic basis and from criminals on daily basis.journalists have right to breath and live their lives and dont deprive them of their basic rights which GOD has granted all human beings . A question arises here ,there is a vital force that really wants to passive the opinion of journalists ,we and our Govt. need to determine this vital force .Journalists are very strog pillar of our society

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