TV Reporter Wounded in Pakistan Gun Attack

Gunmen have shot and wounded one of Pakistan's best known television presenters in the city of Karachi.

Gunmen have shot and wounded one of Pakistan’s best known television presenters in the city of Karachi.

Police said the attackers opened fire on Hamid Mir‘s car near the airport.

The presenter for Geo TV received three bullets, but was in a stable condition, the officials added.

There have been previous attempts on the life of Mr Mir, the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden after 9/11. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for the media.

The attack has been strongly condemned by Pakistani politicians, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Last month, Mr Sharif pledged to do more to protect journalists in Pakistan.

Car chase

Mr Mir had just landed in Karachi and was on his way to the studios of Geo TV, a private Pakistani news channel, when unidentified gunmen in a car and on motorcycles reportedly tailed him before opening fire.

Police said he sustained three gunshot wounds, but that his life was not in danger.

In 2001, Mr Mir became the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks

In 2001, Mr Mir became the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks

Mr Mir’s brother, a leading investigative journalist, has accused the country’s intelligence agency, the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), of orchestrating the attack, reports the BBC’s Shahzeb Jillani, in Karachi.

According to his brother, Mr Mir had recently told family and colleagues that he had received threats from the ISI because of his political views.

In 2012, the Pakistani Taliban tried to kill Mr Mir by planting half a kilogram (1lb) of explosives under his car outside his home in the capital, Islamabad…(read more)

BBC News



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