The Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir was shot three times soon after he arrived from Lahore at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. Before the gunman escaped, his continuous firing had resulted in three bullets piercing thru Mir’s body, one in the pelvic area, one in the stomach whereas the other ended in his leg. After a two and a half hour operation at a private hospital in Karachi, it was informed that Mir had survived and was out of danger.
“The attack on Hamid Mir is an indicator that the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not been able to reverse the country’s appalling record of violence against journalists, despite pledges to do so,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, “Full prosecution of the perpetrators of such crimes is the only answer to reversing this history. Police must act swiftly and decisively in this and all cases that have been building up for years in Pakistan. And the country’s media must use their capabilities to pursue their own investigations, as well as pressure the government to take action.”
Previously Hamid Mir had found a bomb under his car which was successfully disposed of. Who implanted the bomb is still a mystery. On March 28, gunmen sprayed the car of TV anchor and analyst Raza Rumi. He escaped serious injury, but his driver, Mustafa, was killed. Earlier in March, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to a visiting CPJ delegation to take several steps to improve journalist security.
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