KARACHI: Unknown gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir in Karachi on Saturday, injuring the senior reporter and television anchorperson.

The incident took place on Sharae Faisal near Natha Khan area when the gunmen opened fire on his vehicle around 5:30pm.

The journalist was on his way to his office from the airport when he was attacked.

“Four gunmen riding on motorbikes started firing at the car near Karsaz (around six kilometres from Jinnah International Airport) when Mir's car was passing through, he received three bullets in the lower parts of his body,” said senior police official Peer Muhammad Shah.

Shah said a single gunman first opened fire on Mir's car, followed by others who chased him on motorcycles.

Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat said Mir suffered three gunshot wounds to the stomach and the upper legs.

“Hamid Mir has received three bullets but the doctors told me that he is out of danger,” Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat told news agency AFP.

Mir's colleague Rana Jawad said he had talked briefly to Mir on his mobile phone as he was under attack.

“I spoke to him briefly when he was escaping, he said they have shot him and now they were following him,” said Jawad.

“He has been shot thrice, in the pelvic, abdomen and thighs,” he added.

Mir was taken to a private hospital for emergency treatment. The journalist was taken to the hospital in a state of unconsciousness.

Following a surgery lasting two-and-a-half hours, hospital administration said the journalist's condition was stable, but that he would be kept under observation.

Friends and colleagues said Mir had previously told them that if he is attacked, Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), “and its chief Lt General Zaheerul Islam will be responsible”.

Speaking to Geo News, his brother Amir Mir said the senior anchorperson had visited him and informed him of what he called a plan hatched by Lt-Gen Islam to assassinate him.

Geo News, the media organisation for which Mir works, reported that he had also sent a recorded video to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) implicating the ISI in any attempt on his life.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the ISPR, the military’s public relations wing, condemned the attack on Hamid Mir, and said an independent inquiry must be carried out to ascertain facts behind the attack.

“However raising allegations against the ISI or the head of ISI without any basis is highly regrettable and misleading,” he said.


Condemnation


Shortly after the attack, messages of condemnation started pouring in against the attack the seasoned journalist's life.

In a message, President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the attack and expressed sorrow at the incident.

Social media also exploded with messages of condemnation.


No militant group has so far accepted responsibility for the attack.

This is not the first time an attempt has been made on Mir's life.

In November 2012, Mir narrowly escaped a bid on his life when the bomb disposal squad defused a bomb planted under his car in Islamabad. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had accepted responsibility for the attempt and said it was targeting the journalist due to his "secular agenda".

  Photo courtesy - Geo News
Photo courtesy - Geo News

Last month, a gun attack attack on noted columnist and TV anchor Raza Rumi in Lahore led to the death of his driver.

Rights groups say Pakistan remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for working journalists.

According to media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders, seven reporters lost their lives in the line of duty in 2013 in the country.

Earlier in March, Pakistan announced it would set up a special commission to protect journalists and will include press freedom as part of peace talks with the Taliban.


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Indian
Apr 19, 2014 06:14pm

We are so sorry. He is very popular even in India. We want his speedy recovery. But we want to know is there anyone in Pakistan who is safe? Shame on you the terrorists. Hell is waiting for you.

Irfan Baloch
Apr 19, 2014 06:15pm

this attack on Hamid Mir will be blamed on "secret forces" that dont want peace with his Taliban brothers

because its unthinkable that his brothers will ever attack him since they have enough ordinary Pakistanis & soldiers to kill.

muhammad dildar
Apr 19, 2014 06:22pm

Its really heart wrenching that a top notch journalists attacked in a coward attack. Its a reminder and a lesson for all of us to get united against these dark forces.May hamid mir recover soon.

Amir Khan
Apr 19, 2014 06:23pm

May Allah protect Hamid Mir, his family and all the Pakistanis from all types of unseen dangers. I pray for his swift recovery, Inshallah. May Allah protect our great country. Ameen

Muhammad Bilal
Apr 19, 2014 06:28pm

I condemn this.

Shailesh
Apr 19, 2014 06:37pm

Just heard the news on Indian news channels. Wish you a speedy recovery Mr. Mir.

Muhammad Saleem
Apr 19, 2014 06:39pm

We all condemn such crimes; however journalists as professionals do not need to be so opinionated and out in the open on just about anything and everything, knowing well that Pakistan is a dangerous place for all and journalists in particular.

Another Indian
Apr 19, 2014 06:40pm

@Indian: Any attack of this kind is unacceptable, but saying that he is popular in India is way too much. He always bark against India and soon you will hear that RAW was behind this attack. This is the kind of mentality these people have.

naeem khan
Apr 19, 2014 06:43pm

mir was well known critic of agencies.. no rocket science to guess who did this

alladitta
Apr 19, 2014 06:50pm

He was critical against Mushy, we know who is directly involved, he was attacked in army area.

Azeem
Apr 19, 2014 06:52pm

Sad to know.

zak
Apr 19, 2014 06:53pm

@Indian: Tell that to RAW who is funding the terrorists.

Ayesha Khan
Apr 19, 2014 06:55pm

Very sad and shocking news, in broad daylight he was attacked,and the culprits are at large, what a jungle law we have in this country. We hope and pray for his swift recovery InshAllah.

NASAH (USA)
Apr 19, 2014 06:55pm

Hands off journalists Taliban -- hands off. You will pay for your dastardly acts against the scribes -- wishing a rapid recovery to the icon of Pakistani journalism Hamid Mir from his injurioes -- with more power to his pen.

Khalid
Apr 19, 2014 06:56pm

May Allah save him! the country needs his kind of journalist.

raj
Apr 19, 2014 06:57pm

Wishing for quick recovery... Hope all Pakistani citizens unit against evil forces.

Shahzad
Apr 19, 2014 06:58pm

It is highly tragic and must be condemned. We should pray for early recovery of Mr Mir.

Imdad Chandio
Apr 19, 2014 07:00pm

@Shailesh: An act of terrorism against Hamid Mir is an attack on freedom of press and thought!we condemn it and demand the protection of life of all citizens and media personnel.

Javed Anwar
Apr 19, 2014 07:02pm

@Muhammad Bilal: I strongly condemn. But the sad part is that when the law enforcing agencies label a nine month old kid as a murderer, a shameful act, plus remain busy in getting bribes with nefarious intentions should not imagine of any help from ALLAH ALMIGHTY. Even all the political leaders are equally involved with lip service. So under such circumstances one cannot expect any security from these clueless elements for the poor masses of the land of Pure. Only self protection is the remedy.

Brahma Prakash Gaur
Apr 19, 2014 07:04pm

Very sad! Get well soon Hamid Meer!

A worried South Asian journalist
Apr 19, 2014 07:04pm

This attack is another very serious symptom of our times, of the increasing assaults on freedom of speech, and on free media itself. FYI, In India, a rightwing BJP candidate was growling on Saturday that Modi's critics will booted out to Pakistan. In Pakistan, critics of the rightwing establishment are getting shot. The hackneyed question begs repetition: What is to be done? (The last thing we need though is another media seminar.)

Salman
Apr 19, 2014 07:06pm

In recent days I did come away with the impression that Mir was not being objective in the Asif/Army/Musharraf controversy; having said that I suggest that all newspapers in Pakistan carry, on their front page, the words of famous French philosopher Voltaire : I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

sensible
Apr 19, 2014 07:18pm

The people who attacked him are our own people and we cannot alienate them. They did this because so many of their loved ones have been killed at the hands of the terrorists and like Taliban they are helpless and misunderstood. They have only taken law in their own hands to rebel against those who have killed their people brutally. We should try to understand their ordeal and encourage government to talk to them..

I know it sounds completely idiotic but we cannot call one group terrorist and treat taliban (who have killed more than 50000 Pakistanis) as an equal stakeholder in the state This is hypocrisy!!!

Masood Haider
Apr 19, 2014 07:18pm

So sorry . Hope you recover fast

SMQ Zaman
Apr 19, 2014 07:22pm

May Allah give complete and full recovery to the well-known (incl. abroad) senior journalist, Hamid Mir, Geo News's anchor of the highest intellectual, professional, and ethical standard, ameen.

Someone, I have seen on TV and watched avidly on Geo News' current affairs programme titled 'Capital Talk' for almost a dozen years. This tragic and sad incident will not prevent our 'brave & courageous journalists & anchors' and the 'media' (in general) from expressing their objective & independent voices, views and opinions and these will never be curbed by the violent & barbaric intolerance of insurgents, extremists, terrorists, and assassins ('assasiyun')!

And, such incidents carry such a bad image for Pakistan and Muslims (in general), abroad, due to a minority of murderous miscreants, who cannot tolerate 'differences of opinion' ('ikhtilaf-e-raye', which was a well-known trait that was highly-valued by the Islamic scholarship of the medieval but classical period of Islam)!

This is, yet another, a most-tragic but high-profile incident, which is further evidence of why Pakistan is regarded as one of the most dangerous places for journalists, let alone, there is no regard whatsoever for the sacredness of any human life anymore. The Provincial and Central Governments must take serious note and give the highest priority to controlling the fast deteriorating and dissipating law & order, without which no socio-political & economic recovery can take place!

P.S. A British-Pakistani Muslim, a professional, and an Intl. Development management consultant

nazir hussain
Apr 19, 2014 07:22pm

god bless him..............eliminate taliban

Sardar
Apr 19, 2014 07:23pm

I condemn the attack but why GEO news is propagating against ISI without any proof??? When they demand proofs for missing persons then why not for blaming ISI?? GEO is acting biased and immature...

nazir hussain
Apr 19, 2014 07:24pm

eliminate Taliban............

Iqbal
Apr 19, 2014 07:24pm

Where is PPP and MQM, this is their territory. where is the law and order , Now who you would blame, everyone fighting for his own share in the cake. Wishing for his early recovery. And please when you get well, get out of the jungle (Sind).

Azmat Khan
Apr 19, 2014 07:24pm

@Indian: Thank you Indian

Azmat Khan
Apr 19, 2014 07:26pm

It is work of Taliban or their hidden cronies only

Ravi Dallas TX
Apr 19, 2014 07:32pm

Sad, praying that he recovers soon. You can't solve the problem by fixing at the surface I.e. providing security to all journalists, to all judges, to all teachers... It simply doesn't scale. You need to wipe out terrorism with roots once for all. Govt should take military action , it appears peace talks failed anyway.

Rajendra
Apr 19, 2014 07:33pm

Sorry that this happened to Top Anchor Hamid Mir. He needs full protection. Pray for his full recoverry as fast as possible

Ashish Biswas
Apr 19, 2014 07:35pm

It's a very shocking news. journalists are wealth of a country. We should regard them. They fight for the truth. Be well Hamid Mir, be well...!!!

Ashish Biswas Dhaka, Bangladesh

HbT
Apr 19, 2014 07:35pm

@zak: Don't blame foreigners. Pakistan government had created the terror frankenstein.

Abdul Rahim Sheikh
Apr 19, 2014 07:39pm

Feel very upset at such a cowardly attack on a brother journalist. Shame on attackers. May Allah grant him an early recovery..

Sarthak
Apr 19, 2014 07:41pm

Wishing Mr Hamid Mir a speedy recovery. Our good wishes are with you, sir.

Abdul Rahim Sheikh
Apr 19, 2014 07:41pm

Feel upset at such a cowardly attack . Being a journalist i feel personally shot in the heart. May Allah grant him an early recovery.

Shahpur
Apr 19, 2014 07:42pm

What a country.

Abdul Rahim Sheikh
Apr 19, 2014 07:43pm

Saddened by the attack on a fellow newsman. May Allah grant him an early and complete recovery.

mjk
Apr 19, 2014 07:43pm

Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Javed Hasan
Apr 19, 2014 07:44pm

This is dastardly act.

Usman
Apr 19, 2014 07:45pm

Yet,another attack on common people belonging to journalism,we being too sick nation can't tolerate freedom of speech and other liberties. God may help us in making better society for every citizen.

Abdul Rahim Sheikh
Apr 19, 2014 07:46pm

Saddened by the cowardly attack. May Allah grant him an early and complete recovery.

Whocares
Apr 19, 2014 07:47pm

This quite is wrongly attributed to Voltaire. He never uttered these words.

Mr. Singh
Apr 19, 2014 07:50pm

It is very cowardy incedent. From Indian side ,I pray to God for his long life and quick recovery.

fida khattak
Apr 19, 2014 07:52pm

Shocking! I wish him speedy recovery.

usman ali
Apr 19, 2014 07:55pm

While its a sad incident but it also uncovers hamid mir's agenda of defaming Pakistan's intelligentsia and institutions. I do condemn this act but i am afraid Hamid Mir does not deserve any sympathies even though he is injured. He is not a responsible journalist at all. Why do we forget a person's past when ever they meet an fate like this.

Afzal Khan Nayyar
Apr 19, 2014 07:57pm

This is the responsibility of government to protect journalists. This is the fundmental responsibility of the state to to protect The life Property & Honor of every citizen.

ali mirza
Apr 19, 2014 08:02pm

If you all want peace in Pakistan (which i think is far from happening) then kick out all the corrupted politicians out of the country that includes Zardari that has taken over most of Clifton with high walls and barbed wires as if his daddy owns the roads and Nawaz our president. The most important thing that we need is LAW and Order that Pakistan lacks, anyone can kill anyone and get away easily, we all saw the Shahzeb murder case of how easily the killers were flown away. Long live Hamid Mir

Legal Criminal
Apr 19, 2014 08:11pm

Too much criticism on institutions who hold what no one can hold, has ruined his own life, bad but a lesson for those who try to expand rather than limiticing their ownselves in an area of poor law and order

Man from UNCLE
Apr 19, 2014 08:14pm

Earnestly, how many of you think that PAKISTAN is a hopeless case and we are just living as sitting ducks. Don't be a prude to answer. Say what you really think.

Mayank
Apr 19, 2014 08:16pm

Shame on such country who cant protect its journalist and freedom or media

Man from UNCLE
Apr 19, 2014 08:20pm

Condemn.......what a cheap word to throw around. Earnestly, how many of you think that Pakistan is a hopeless case and all the good residents are sitting ducks.

Please don't be a prude to answer and please be Objective to reply.

Abrar
Apr 19, 2014 08:20pm

Threat against media freedom !

Rakesh razdan
Apr 19, 2014 08:26pm

I am pained to hear this news. Why good and truthfully people should die. This is an attack on journalism profession. I condemn it.

js
Apr 19, 2014 08:28pm

Hamid Mir has fans on both sides of the border, he has worked sincerely for peace between us, we need Hamid Mir, get well soon friend.

najam
Apr 19, 2014 08:49pm

This is a sad news.

Mustafa
Apr 19, 2014 09:03pm

@Amir Khan:

May Allah protect all humans, not just Hamid Mir.

M. Saeed Awan
Apr 19, 2014 09:12pm

Really sorry over his fatal injuries. He is brave, democrate journalist. Butt sorry to say he was over stepping regarding Missing persons since most of them are with terrorists LINKS. Anyhow we condemn this attack. May he recover soon! Amin

babrak
Apr 19, 2014 09:15pm

now even lesser Taliban are attacked by greater Taliban. erase objective resolution declare Pakistan secular and get rid of terror. terrorists that Pakistan nurtured for years have started to come home. monster attacks the master in the end. enjoy it,

Shahjee
Apr 19, 2014 09:43pm

With Hamid on this tragic moment. Please don't jump on blaming our beloved men in uniform.

Oz
Apr 19, 2014 09:45pm

I smell political motive in this.. or the enemy next door trying to icrease the rift between federal and provincial govt.

sumaira
Apr 19, 2014 09:52pm

GOD BLESS HIM .MAY HE LIVE LONG

Navtej Singh Warraich
Apr 19, 2014 10:08pm

I was really shocked to hear this news. I always enjoyed listening to Mr. Mir, he was a great anchor. I wish him a speedy recovery! Lots of love - Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India.

BRR
Apr 19, 2014 10:20pm

Sad, but not the first, not the last one, there is no safe place for journalists in Pakistan.

Fazal Rahmat
Apr 19, 2014 10:45pm

Wish you a speedy recovery, these terrorist attacks are unacceptable, no matter who is their target, they(terrorists) gaining their goal bye adding the numbers to their hit list. But my question to Hamid Mir is why you did not approached law enforcement agencies and justice system, if you are so sure who is behind this heinous attach. I do not trust Pakistani justice system, they are corrupt from top to bottom, but you was the one, who bashing about free and unbiased justice system of Pakistan when you talk about Musharraf case. Can you explain, is our justice system is corrupt or you??

Ahmer
Apr 19, 2014 10:47pm

May Hamid Mir get well soon but his criticism of Army and security agencies was wrong and crossing the line. He failed to appreciate that they are serving the nation and have a very difficult task to perform.

Jamshad
Apr 19, 2014 10:53pm

Wishing Mir sb get well soon.. its time to realize the importance of sovereignty and national ... lots of resource spent on defense and security but no one is secure, anyone at any time can be gunned down.

@expat
Apr 19, 2014 10:59pm

Another stab in the back of Pakistan.He accused ISI of planning his murder.Can anyone accuse a major security agency like this? We know the caliber of Mr Hamid Mir.We all know his stance on various sensitive issues like missing persons,musharraf trial and his differences with the agencies.ISI is supposed to protect Pakistan and its people.If Hamid Mir is afraid of it then the question is that "Is ISI serving the purpose of its creation or has it become a threat to our own existence? It is about time that a prime civilian intelligence agency is created with a mandate to serve and protect Pakistan and all other civilian and military agencies be placed under its command,by the act of parliament.

Modi
Apr 19, 2014 11:12pm

@SMQ Zaman: Why do you have to give your qualifications. Nobody is impressed. Where is your humility, or is this a Pakistani trait to boast ?

Imran
Apr 19, 2014 11:17pm

@Another Indian: Well, he is popular enough to attract the likes of you to this website. Right?

Zak
Apr 19, 2014 11:26pm

@HbT: Look into your own country instead of going into denial straight away. PM Manmohan Singh was given proof of RAW terrorism but kept quiet and did not deny it.

M Rafique
Apr 20, 2014 12:06am

Hamid Mir should not wait for an inquiry commission or committee to be formed by the govt, to esquire the incident, instead to immediately lodge F I R with Airport Police Station nominating the person or persons whose names were conveyed by him to his friends, family members and Geo/Jang group. Otherwise the incident can be termed as drama at later stage.

omer khan shaheen
Apr 20, 2014 12:23am

Pakistan needs you up and running Hamid. Get well soon!

Sultan Alvi, Canada
Apr 20, 2014 01:04am

@M. Saeed Awan: Fortunately, and with the good grace of Almighty, the injuries suffered by Hamid Mir are not fatal, and our beloved journalist will make a full recovery very soon, InshaAllah. Please don't use such bad and ugly words for a super guy like Hamid Mir. Get well soon Mr. Hamid Mir. Aap ke dushmanoN per khuda ki la'nat ho.

Chanpeer
Apr 20, 2014 01:09am

Everyone condemns the attack but it is strange that Hamid has put blame on ISI even before it happened. Why shall he be blaming ISI? Why not Taliban or other groups. This is the thoughtprovoking statement! There is something going on behind the scenes for sure.

Man from UNCLE
Apr 20, 2014 01:20am

Those paying tributes to the PAKISTAN ARMY, listen up. These top brasses are unscrupulous and are only looking after themselves. Pay tributes to the foot soldier who at times given all they got even their lives.

Man from UNCLE
Apr 20, 2014 01:22am

Coming out with condemnation banners is not going to cut the mustard.

roy naseer
Apr 20, 2014 01:36am

@omer khan shaheen: It not an act of agencies.To suggest and blame ISI under current environment having into this kind of act is absolutely uncalled for. Fools would have ganged up in ISI if they were into it. Interestingly he blamed ISI from Pasha time and now under Zaheer. He was not the only person talking on the issue of missing persons; Musharaf trail; role of military in politics therefore to consider he was on the hit list was blowing much into himself.How could he and his brother decided without any inquiry that it was an act of agencies? if one ever is a student of information operations its a classic act of agencies other than ISI or a simple act of terrorism or road robbery? the investigations will reveal all things. But no one blames the institutions like that any where in the world. No state in the world have such negative freedom given under the freedom of expression. Does freedom of expression mean one can abuse others. God may save him

abshir
Apr 20, 2014 01:40am

This is regrettable action that was committed by those that dont see human life as precious hope he recovers.

wizarat
Apr 20, 2014 01:50am

I wish him speedy recovery. The shots were not meant to kill him, just to scare him; why would someone shoot so low as to hit the gut and not the chest or head. Look around the murders committed by terrorist have been very targeted and they do not miss specially if they want a celebrity like Hamid Mir. May Allah keep him safe (GOP cannot only Allah can)

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali
Apr 20, 2014 02:12am

This incident fortifies the need to hold a treason trial starting from Ayub Khan era. This violence started from Dictator Ayub Khan, carried out by his Son Nawaz Sharif's foreign minister Gohar Ayub. The people should demand justice for all, subsequently for people of Pakistan and democracy. Mr. Mir, get well soon and go to fight the unfinished war.

Hassan
Apr 20, 2014 02:17am

It is good that he survived. Rest is okay, many people get shot in Pakistan every day. Nothing to worry about.

pathnaoo
Apr 20, 2014 02:37am

A country is looking down in to the deep abyss when there is open attacks on journalists with guns intending to kill and no culprit is ever caught. It is the beginning of the end (of the country). Dear Hamid Mir, you are one brave journalist and a human being. YOU ARE A JEWEL FOR ALL OF US IN THE WORLD. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE.

Ahmer
Apr 20, 2014 02:44am

No Army in the world has such a powerful agency as ISI under it. It should be headed by a civilian and placed directly under the PM. If that had been done in the beginning, many serious mistakes would have been avoided.

balochjj
Apr 20, 2014 02:51am

We r very sorry Mr. Hamid Mir , that we cannot protect you but we r behind you and as u know and we all know who those are but till when they do this kind of acts and how many Hamid's they will attack ..Mir u r great and will be greatest of all other journalists here in pakistan .. you are the only one to whom the people of balochistan are proud of your braveness.. Inshallah u will be fine soon we are praying for ur quick recovery ....................................... GOD BLESS U ALWAYS AND EVER...

Sulema
Apr 20, 2014 03:13am

I am shocked and very sad at this news. I hope that some menacing institutions in our country learn that they cannot behave with impunity. How many people will they murder? They cannot shut out the voice of reason by their violence and they should realise this.

arun
Apr 20, 2014 03:23am

its horrific to know that if u just have a different opinion about someone else you would be attacked fatally ....such intolerant society PAKISTAN has become.

Ehtesham
Apr 20, 2014 03:40am

@alladitta: ISI or Pak army is not stupid or not that incompetent that if it decide to assassinate Hamid Mir and would have missed.this is plan of some one who new of hamids letter against army and wanted to use this against army.

MEER ALI
Apr 20, 2014 04:35am

We all pray for you Hamid Mir, In Shaa Allah very soon we will see on Capital Talk .

Roger
Apr 20, 2014 04:52am

@Ahmer: Criticism is the essence of journalism. God bless him, his courage, and his views.

athar
Apr 20, 2014 06:18am

My honest advise to all journalist & media personal that they should be honest in reporting the daily events & peoples problem. But it is not happening in Pakistan. Most of the medis is under the control of different politician & for this they are heavly paid by political parties to loyal with them & ignoring the rights of small parties or communities. Under this situation the frustrated people have no way to safeguard their interest because medis is biased & we have seen this every day & the parliament is also safe guarding the majority people so the question is where the minority go for their rights? Pl do not be biased in reporting & do not be loyal towards the politician who are giving you financial motives to report biased materials. Pakistani people are now wake up & can not be fool by media with their biased reporting.

Nabi Gul
Apr 20, 2014 07:05am

No one who dares telling the truth and exposing the ant-people elements, is safe in the banana republic of Pakistan, which has turned into living hell

qaiser
Apr 20, 2014 07:20am

First Pakistan then freedom of press.

MOHAMMED MUNIR
Apr 20, 2014 07:29am

TO CRUSH THE TRUTH IS SHAMEFUL

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Apr 20, 2014 07:33am

Although, I sincerely consider that Mr. Hamid Meer was sometimes simply sensationalizing serious issues and not offering effective solutions for the complicated problems,, I still feel that this recent dastardly attack on him will not stop programs like "Khara Such" (Frank Truth).

HbT
Apr 20, 2014 09:11am

@Zak: Pakistan's current state is its own doing. If you think foreign intelligence agencies are responsible for this hapless state you are living in massive denial. All foreign agencies have some blood in their hands but 99% of what's going on is Pakistan's internal problem. Frankly even if RAW, or CIA or Mosad wanted they couldn't have accomplished in creating such a sorry state.

Roger
Apr 20, 2014 09:29am

@qaiser: Freedom of press is freedom to think, freedom to express. Hamid Mir is a 'thinker' who expresses his thoughts freely. Something you should be proud of, regardless of whether you thought his ideas were right or wrong. He thought, so that you could think. Of what use Pakistan, where freedom of press does not exist? where your thoughts are 'useless'?

Arvind
Apr 20, 2014 09:31am

Feeling SAD, Get well Soon dear

Abdul Sattar Qamar
Apr 20, 2014 10:16am

Some elements want to gag the press but they are not aware of its consequences. Hamid Mir was targetted by such elements. May Allah save life of this journo. People should join hands with journalists to fight against these forces

IK
Apr 20, 2014 10:21am

@naeem khan: I am not a Pakistani, but reading comments and reactions on this issue, which of course is sad and condemnable, it gives an impression that the country is totally full of emotions. 'Until proven otherwise every suspect is a criminal' for every emotional person. This is also sad and immature. Dil dil pakistan

sabeeh omer
Apr 20, 2014 10:58am

Though I greatly regret and condemn this incident and I pray for Mr. Mir's quick recovery I feel sorry for the innumerable innocent deaths that take place across the country almost daily and specially in Karachi and not a word of condemnation from those sitting in the corridors of power. Are they not human beings? Haven't they died an innocent death? Perhaps these words were meant for them: "Thus let me live unseen unknown, Unlamented let me die. Steal from the world and not a stone Tell where I lie..."

Aayan
Apr 20, 2014 11:02am

Whoever did this, the motive is clear; to defame ISI.

syed wasim haider
Apr 20, 2014 11:06am

It is really unfortunate; may Allah give him quick and complete recovery,Ameen.

Aayan
Apr 20, 2014 11:09am

@naeem khan: The top Pakistan Agency is not so stupid to attack a person who has clearly blamed on the agency. The act is surely of those who want to defame the Pakistan's top intelligence agency.

Aayan
Apr 20, 2014 11:20am

@qaiser: I like your comment, "First Pakistan then freedom of press".

ZAFAR ANSARI
Apr 20, 2014 11:32am

Govt. of PML (N) fail to give SECURITY. Hamid Meer is great person Allah give him health (Ameen)

realist
Apr 20, 2014 01:08pm

@Chanpeer: Maybe its because he was warned by the ISI to stop criticizing them.Shazad was first warned and then killed.Another journalist was beaten and stripped for writing against the army

DR RASHID HUSSAIN RESHI
Apr 20, 2014 02:02pm

I FEEL TEARFUL TO SEE THIS PATRIOTIC PAKSTANI JOURNALIST ATTACKED . IT IS AN ATTACK ON HUMANITY AND TOTAL DISGRACE FOR ANY CIVILIZED SOCIETY .

ali qazi
Apr 20, 2014 03:29pm

It is really very sad. We pray for his early recovery. This act of cowardice has been done by our enemies who want to malign our armed forces at a time when they are fighting war against terrorism and sacrificing their lives for the nation. We must get united to thwart the evil designs of our enemies.

Umer Ejaz
Apr 20, 2014 03:31pm

Hamid Mir and his friends should be able to prove these allegations in court and if they fail to do so they must be put behind bars for defaming a Government Institution.

patriot
Apr 20, 2014 03:43pm

Surely a sad incidet but nfortunately with a saddest reaction from geo, They have made our security agencies scapegoat for every unpleasant incident. Be logical, have not our security agencies people martyred in a decade long war. Our 3 generals embrac3d shahadat. What about the situation in Karachi. Or for that matter in balochistan. It's very easy to start putting blame. Cannt they tell why polio workers are being targeted. And whose agenda they are fulfilling. Please be proactive and respect our security forces.

Ganga Din
Apr 20, 2014 04:38pm

Network for which he works, should have provided him with the necessary security. They sure cashed in on the ratings created by his controversial talk show. If he is so savvy a journalist, as some here are trying to portray him, then he should have anticipated this kind of attack.

S.Ali Hasan Jafri
Apr 20, 2014 04:57pm

This is the responsibility of the goverment to take action against GEO television.Any channel who is working against the interest of the country is intolerable.People of Pakistan always feel uncomfortable with the programmes presenting by this channel.

zeenat khan
Apr 20, 2014 06:05pm

We all hope and pray that Mir sahib recovers and is able to prove the identity of his assailants .he also has his driver as a witness but implicating any group without proof is tantamount to leaving oneself open to a lawsuit for defamation of character. one should be careful in these matters as civil unrest can be sparked very easily

iftakhar malik
Apr 20, 2014 06:19pm

The Indian media has been bad mouthing and blaming ISI and its Chief for anything bad happens in its country for the last two decades, now Pakistan's own media and its anchorman. Very SAD and IRONIC to serve the interest of Anti-Pakistan forces.

Raja Farhat Abbas
Apr 20, 2014 06:56pm

@Another Indian: Hate filled comments like yours make the blood boil,check your own mentality first Mr before making comments on Pak news.

Sultan
Apr 20, 2014 07:08pm

It is a Very Sad event. Why a world famous person had only one guard ??, and was riding a just a regular car with no protection. This portion of Shar-re-faisal is known to have people getting robbed.

Rubina
Apr 20, 2014 07:43pm

Terrible thing to happen. If the claims are for free media, then the ISI, Taliban or any entity needs to stop this. Why are all these agencies scared of the truth. They have never given anything good to PK. They cannot stop the spirit of a human soul through the use of scare tactics.

Rahmat
Apr 20, 2014 07:46pm

@zak: Oh really? Do you have any proof or this what you were told by the ISI

sajjad
Apr 20, 2014 08:58pm

it was difficult to bear the news, hope you will recover soon. you are the man of will. you love pakistan, pakistan loves u

sajjad
Apr 20, 2014 09:01pm

Allah sihat atta farmae

pakistan
Apr 20, 2014 09:38pm

@naeem khan: i agree!

pakistan
Apr 20, 2014 09:38pm

agreed!

malik umair
Apr 20, 2014 09:38pm

mr.umair allah hamid meer k0 seht atta kry or hmlla krny walo ko hdayat dy aaameen

Aayan
Apr 20, 2014 09:58pm

All Pakistanis condemn the incident, but we have not been able to understand the reason for the urgency in putting the blame on Pakistan's most respected agency.

Indoaryan
Apr 20, 2014 10:37pm

This journalist has no future in Pakistan, if he wants to be alive in another 30 years, he needs to relocate himself to one of the surrounding countries. He's been lucky to escape the second time but that luck seems to be running out. Wish him speedy recovery and move out of pakistan.

pakistan
Apr 20, 2014 10:41pm

agreed!

Sayyar Khan
Apr 20, 2014 11:03pm

@zak: Question is who is funding you.

wasim
Apr 21, 2014 03:29am

With respect I ve a question. First of all I condemned attack on Hamid .who ever did that it's not good at all. But my question is that do we negotiate with them if any one found guilty? Or arrest them. Answer will be no so how can negotiate with killers of 60000 people's including army?

Sarah1
Apr 21, 2014 07:46am

Well, just another day at the office in Pakistan! Keep condemning until there is nothing left to condemn!

sara
Apr 21, 2014 08:17am

@alladitta: karsaz is Pakistan Navy unit not army

shakeel ur Rehman
Apr 21, 2014 10:04am

Hamid Mir ake bahadur insan hein aur hemesha such ka sath detay hein tu es ka natija tu ya hi nikalna tha par such kaho hemesha es ka liya tumhari jan bhi chali jya tu koi gham nhi ap jesay bahadur log bohat km hein aur such bolnay waly bhi ALLAH TALA ap ki hefazat kray meray jisam ka har hissa aur khon ka har katra ap ka liya hazir ha

irfan Ahmed
Apr 21, 2014 11:11am

Get Well soon Hamid Sb.God Bless you.

irfan Ahmed
Apr 21, 2014 11:14am

GOD BLESS YOU & GET WELL SOON

Shaikh Mohommd
Apr 21, 2014 06:19pm

@nazir hussain: REALLY Blame everything on Taliban. Good Thinking. Can't you wait for the enquiry.

Shaan
Apr 21, 2014 10:22pm

Why do we forget the past of our ""holly agencies"".... Why we are afraid from others and protecting our own mistakes... We should accept them n then try to correct... Pakistan should come first then agencies... What they have given us in last 65 years Bangladesh n current Pakistan... We have to make our house in order n then progress with the region...

Rvel
Apr 21, 2014 10:40pm

One of the bravest journalist Pakistan has produced is going through a major test in life. I hope he gets fine soon and gets back on his job and noble mission. A very cowardly act, I don't know when will this culture of intolerance will be eradicated. A neutral and balanced journalist didn't deserved this at all.

These kind of acts affect freedom of expression and human liberty rights. Who would dare to speak in public about controversial issues if high profile anchors are not protected.

However, there is another point which is important here ,this entire time media completely forgot the bus accident where 40 died and it was like they simply ignored this news, there should have been balanced coverage between the two news.

In general I think the electronic media also needs to promote tolerance, patience in the society and stop counter productive things like penetrating into personal lives of politicians, making songs and stupid gossips etc.

I believe more focus needs to be put on the pressing issues like health, education and environment, there needs to be more constructive nation building role, needs to stop this war of ratings and sensationalism.

Assad
Apr 21, 2014 10:47pm

@sara: Its all the same to some. Army, Navy, Airforce, police, curse them all is the mentality on display here by many.

Hamid Mir is on record talking to militants telling them to deal with Retd Sqn Ldr Khalid Bajwa and Brig Sultan Amir Tarrar (famously known by his nom de guerre Col Imam). That he was in touch with anti-state militants and Taliban and yet was never questioned goes to show how some of our supposedly "senior journalists" are operating. Both of these former officers of the Pakistani armed forces were mercilessly killed by the very same people that Hamid Mir shamelessly defends on his shows with all sorts of excuses.

Some of these so-called journalists are working on some agenda which runs counter to that of the state of Pakistan and yet nobody has the courage to call out the hypocrisy of Hamid Mir. Now that unfortunately he has been served a dose of the very same medicine that he was telling the Taliban to give to Khalid Bajwa and Col Imam, suddenly this is coming across as shocking to people here.

omer khan shaheen
Apr 22, 2014 08:02am

@roy naseer: Blaming any one at this stage is premature. "This is well-understood".

omer khan shaheen
Apr 22, 2014 08:02am

Blaming any one at this stage is premature. 'This is well-understood'.

SMQ Zaman
Apr 22, 2014 06:03pm

I pray for a full and fast recovery of the brave and courageous, oft-admired and media-hero, Hamid Mir, and also best wishes are extended to his immediate family members and relations and may Allah give them peace, forbearance and strength in such a difficult time, ameen.

It goes without saying that this attack is condemned in no uncertain terms. However, it's very sad and unfortunate that in the 'heat of the moment' his brother decided to make public, allegations without evidence against (or hold responsible) the ISI and the incumbent DG of the ISI.

Hamid Mir and the Pakistani people(s) are a very resilient, passionate and courageous nation, but I think it will not be misplaced nor untimely to reiterate and remind all of us, in these extraordinarily difficult socio-political conditions being experienced in Pakistan, the three fundamental and guiding principles - 'Unity', 'Faith', and 'Discipline' - given by our Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader/Founder), M.A. Jinnah's in his statement (made in reference to a passage in the Address of Welcome presented by the Divisional Superintendent and Officers of North Western Railway which stated, "we beg to assure you that we shall follow you through sunshine and fire"), said on the 28th December 1947:

"We are going through fire: the sunshine has yet to come. But I have no doubt that with unity, faith and discipline we will not only remain the 5th largest State in the world but will compare with any nation of the world. Are you prepared to undergo the fire? You must make up your mind now. We must sink individualism and petty jealousies and make up our minds to serve the people with honesty and faithfulness. We are passing through a period of fear, danger and menace. We must have Faith, Unity and Discipline."

These famous words, in particular - "We are going through fire: the sunshine has yet to come....", still seem to resonate verbatim after 66 years and more so, even today (and in the last 7 years or so due to the insurgency, terrorism and increasingly nefarious activities within)!

But, we can get through this period of "fear, danger and menace", more so now than before, provided we remain steadfast and do not lose sight of the vision of Mr Jinnah so imaginatively captured in the three guiding principles of "unity, faith and d