24 October, 2014 / 28 Zilhaj, 1435
Amir Mir, brother of senior journalist Hamid Mir, talks to the media during a press conference held in Karachi on Thursday. – PPI Photo
Amir Mir, brother of senior journalist Hamid Mir, talks to the media during a press conference held in Karachi on Thursday. – PPI Photo
Hamid Mir. – File Photo
Hamid Mir. – File Photo

KARACHI: Senior journalist Hamid Mir, who was wounded after being targeted in Karachi, still holds the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) responsible for orchestrating the attack.

This was conveyed on Thursday by his brother while speaking to the media outside the Aga Khan Hospital, where the wounded journalist is being treated for his injuries.

Amir Mir also stuck a further defiant tone stating that Geo TV network and his brother had faced the similar circumstances when former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf had imposed an emergency in the country and shut down TV channels in 2007.

The journalist is defiant in countering all efforts of suspending Geo TV’s transmission, he said.

Amir said that the senior anchorperson had informed some visiting intelligence officials about the threat he was facing from the ISI. He said that his brother was aware of the agency’s method of threatening journalists and media houses for "biased reporting" of certain national issues.

He said the ISI officials were apparently unhappy about his brother’s famous talk show, Capital Talk, being broadcast on Mama Qadir’s long march over missing Baloch persons. Mir said the agency was also unhappy of Hamid Mir’s criticism aimed at the ISI in different Capital Talk shows.

The senior journalist was concerned on the government’s failure to hand over written proof of ISI’s threat to his life, said his brother, adding that he was also concerned about the probe of a planted bomb underneath his car in November 2012.

He said that Hamir Mir has vowed to foil all these conspiracies being orchestrated against him and his family members at an appropriate time.

His fight is for sovereignty and security of Pakistan, restoration of peace, eradication of terrorism, rule of law and freedom of speech which cannot be suppressed, said Hamid Mir’s brother.

No individual or Institution is above the law to Hamid, he said, adding that covering up armed forces and its agencies’ role in politics was criminal silence. Hamid Mir condemns the government and other state institution’s efforts for suspending Geo TV’s transmissions.


Geo TV off-air in some army areas


The Geo TV station has been taken off-air in some parts of the country, cable operators said Thursday.

The defence ministry on Tuesday urged the national media regulator to cancel Geo TV's broadcasting licence after it aired allegations that the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was behind an attempt to kill top anchor Hamid Mir.

On Thursday cable operators said they had blocked transmission of Geo in some residential areas managed by the military.

Pakistan's armed forces run cantonment areas in many cities and towns and have a property arm, the Defence Housing Authority, which provides upmarket housing for serving and retired personnel.

“I have received information that Geo is not being shown in the Defence and cantonment areas of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Kohat, Hasan Abdal and Peshawar,” Sheikh Ijaz, the secretary general of Cable Operators Association of Pakistan, told AFP.

But he said there had been no general order from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to interrupt the channel's transmission.

“Pemra has not issued any instructions to shut down Geo TV. We will not advise our members to shut down any channel until Pemra sends us a written instruction to do so,” Ijaz said.

An operator in the southwestern city of Quetta said security officials told him not to show Geo in their areas, affecting 35 per cent of the city.

“The Frontier Corps and pro-military tribal elders are putting pressure on us to not show Geo at least in the military areas,” Babrak Khan, Quetta's leading cable operator, told AFP.

In the northwestern city of Peshawar, a resident in the upmarket Hayatabad locality said Geo had been off air in his area since Wednesday.

No cable operator confirmed a blockade in the country's largest city Karachi, where Mir was attacked.

The defence ministry's letter accused Geo of a “vicious campaign libellous and scandalous in nature” and said the channel was trying to undermine the integrity of an important state institution.

Mir has in the past criticised the Taliban and also Pakistan's armed forces, and media campaign group Reporters Without Borders said he had told it on April 7 that the ISI was “conspiring... to cause me harm.”

Pakistan's freewheeling private media has increasingly shown itself willing to challenge the military, once considered off-limits to criticism.

Last month another high-profile presenter, Raza Rumi, survived a murder bid by gunmen in the eastern city of Lahore, in which his driver was killed– AFP


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Ali Yusuf
Apr 24, 2014 07:33pm

This episode proves that it's a sham democracy in Pakistan. Military and ISI calls the shots.

Amjad Wyne
Apr 24, 2014 07:35pm

I think he needs to manage his ego. Perhaps he believes that he is so big that ISI is needed to take him out. Such a delusional behavior is not good for anyone. My advice to him would be to keep his mouth closed until the appointed three judge commission comes up with something. He may find himself in much deeper trouble if it turns out that ISI indeed had nothing to do with him.

Blitzer
Apr 24, 2014 07:41pm

Great Mr. Mir! Now where's the proof? Surely, you won't have any problems collecting evidence to support your theory given that your media group is the lapdog of Mr. Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N? And why haven't you filed an FIR with the Police, Mr. Mir? What are you waiting for? A divine signal of some sort?

Somroo
Apr 24, 2014 07:51pm

Why they refuse to lodge an FIR for many days and clear away all evidence???

ladies and gentlemen
Apr 24, 2014 07:52pm

Why should one have any doubts about what Hamid Mir is claiming. There have been other well known journalists who have had threats from ISI. All secret service and intelligence agencies of the world are known to operate outside of the legal framework. It may not be personal vendetta against him, but the agencies will do whatever needs done in the interest of the country. Remember this is Pakistan, where anything goes.

omer khan shaheen
Apr 24, 2014 07:59pm

This incident is a litmus test for the judiciary of Pakistan!

Naveed Javed
Apr 24, 2014 08:10pm

Not a great fan of Hamid Mir but here I must appreciate his courage. Let us see if anyone in Pakistan dares to bring these

Atif Ali
Apr 24, 2014 08:14pm

@Amjad Wyne, most journalists in Pakistan know where most their threats come from. This is not first time and nor the last time a journalist would be attacked, sadly!

Qamar
Apr 24, 2014 08:23pm

While I pray for Hamid Mir's health, I find his assertion not credible. Is ISI so incompetent that it did such a shabby job (by failing to kill him)? If yes, then no one (including Hamid Mir) should be afraid of ISI.

Akram
Apr 24, 2014 08:33pm

The ISI are fighting a losing battle, they are trying to fight change. When change is itself inevitable and should be welcomed. This is not 1999, but they think they can behave as they did in the past. The world has changed, Pakistan with it, its ISI that needs to modernise. They cannot any longer behave as they have done previously.

Hamid Mir is a brave man for facing down these challenges, most others when facing ISI would run. However ISI cannot stop the truth from getting out, they can only merely delay it. Kudos to Geo, for standing by their man. They are breaking down barriers and pushing Pakistan forward in the process. The army cannot pretend this is for some national interest, this is about what we are paying the ISI and army for.

trq
Apr 24, 2014 08:39pm

I AM SORRY FOR HAMID MIR. BUT DIRECTLY BLAMING ISI WITHOUT ANY PROOF SHOWS. THAT HE HAS A HIDDEN AGENDA. THAT IS TO TO DEFAME ARMY AND INTELLIGENCE. MIR AS SUGGEST WERE, AND ARE ALWAYS TRAITOR PLAYED BY OTHER NATIONS. JUST LOOK AT THE HISTORY, MIR JAFAR, MIR SADIQ, MIR HAMID. ETC TRUTH SHOULD PREVAIL

ania
Apr 24, 2014 08:40pm

@Amjad Wyne .. Perhaps the same thing goes for the ISI and army who are shutting down geo in all cantonment areas without the decision of PEMRA and the judicial commission. Something tells me that our awaam likes the danda that we get from establishments who think they are holier than the rest

Injunjoe
Apr 24, 2014 08:46pm

I am surprised by the negative reaction to Mr. Mir, and the support for ISI in these forums. Frankly, this reaction is pretty scary. The ISI is known for these tactics, and yet, it is also known for its incompetence. If the army/ISI had nothing to fear, why the over-reaction toward Geo and Mr. Mir?

Iqbal
Apr 24, 2014 08:49pm

@Qamar Those who wanted have successfully silenced a good number of journalists in Pakistan. What you must keep in mind, however, that real life events are determined often by chance too. So this attempt could just be a bad day for the "professional assassins". Name one great personality (of any area of expertise that had a record of 100 percent).

Hence, what you suggest is plausible but does not rule out that Hamid Mir's allegation might carry some weight. This is specially so because why would he point at the ISI unless he was sure given their largely brutal history of handling the differing opinions? If you were Hamid Mir, would you just lash out at ISI if you weren't at least fairly certain?

Or perhaps you are of the camp who believe, he is a "CIA Agent" and that he either "planned" this failed attempt at his life or loved CIA so much that he decided to, instead of naming the real culprits or claim ignorance if he didn't, decided to use this "opportunity" to malign ISI? If that is the case, I must inform you logic and deductive reasoning is not your forte.

Fiz
Apr 24, 2014 08:53pm

He has the right to say whatever he feels is right. It means he is ready to bear the burden of proof also.

Musarrat Javed
Apr 24, 2014 08:58pm

I am not big fan of Mir but I really appreciate his contribution to words missing person of Baluchistan issue. Baluchistan missing person issue is a serious one for whole of Pakistan and if we are not able to tackle it now, it can cause us another Bangladesh.
Missing person issue is burning question for our courts and political government. Interestingly both courts and politically govt have shown their commitments to resolve this issue but they are seems helpless. So it means there is another power in our country which is above courts and political govt. Now Mir is blaming that power for his assassination attempt. I wish he can get justice.

Mahmud Tariq
Apr 24, 2014 09:01pm

if u have no courage to public the original comments then no need to ask for comments

Arslan
Apr 24, 2014 09:04pm

Now he is saving GEO and his brother.

IKE
Apr 24, 2014 09:05pm

Mir's defiance should be looked in concert with Foreign office's rebuttal of Indian criticism. If you look the boiling of Indian media, govt and their criticism of Pakistani institutions, it is clear as to what is going on. Mir thinks he is bigger than Pakistan and people and their wishes do not matter. His and Geo's stand towards ISI without any proof or evidence is not very intelligent. People saw that clearly, therefore, people went to social media. Because or social media pressure, Geo later kept saying that it is not against Pakistan and ISI. But we have seen what they did. Geo's coverage of 26/11 are available on the net blaming ISI. Qaid-e-Azam's residency in Ziarat was burned and within minutes Geo said it was work of ISI. Few days later BLA issued a video accepting responsibility. If Mr. Mir or Geo has any evidence then make it public otherwise stop. As to Mir's activities, going to Mountains and meeting Osama and likes shows that someone is at least facilitating those contacts. That someone is who? Mir does not want to accept what he has done. Furthermore, Mir blamed Pakistan Army for East Pakistan Genocide without saying a single word about India and non-state actors. Dr. Sharmila Bose's book on the topic has rebutted all of Mr. Mir's allegations. In my humble view, Mr. Mir is seeking attention, Geo seeking eyeballs and in the process they are willing to any length. Mr. Mir and Geo needs to know that we are now much more educated to dissect his speculations and reach the right conclusion.

syed
Apr 24, 2014 09:08pm

Everyone in pakistan is above the law and can be seen in day to day life, army, politicians, jornalists, media, police or any powerful person. Until rule of law is established in pakistan, don't expect anything good in our country. When we go back to pakistan and inside airport we can see that how these agencies people families bypass the peoples row/lines which means they bypass a common pakistani and consider themselves and thier families are superior and above the law. If we want a prosper pakistan everone should be treated equally no one is superior including agencies. In all prosper countries rule of law is same for all. But as for today's pakistan condition, we can only pray as no one wants to listen and correct. Unfortunately we are cutting branch of tree on which we are sitting. So every pakistani is "Naadaan dost of Pakistan". And as per saying "Naadaan dost say Daanaa dushman bahtar hay"

AKNasser
Apr 24, 2014 09:09pm

Before Hamid Mir, there was another journalist , Shahzad who suggested link between someone inside army & Taliban after attack on Karachi Navay base. He was picked up in Islamabad , his dead body was found in Sarai Alamgir (Punjab), about 100 miles from Islamabad. Uptil now, no one has been charged, no one has been caught. If Hamid Mir is making false accusation against ISI, then prove him wrong by catching those attackers.

Mazari
Apr 24, 2014 09:13pm

Hamid Mir suffered six bullets to his body and is very lucky indeed to be alive. He has every God given right to state whom he believes was responsible for the assassination attempt made upon his life. It now up to the police, if they are allowed to, to establish the facts and pursue the case under the criminal law of Pakistan. Please spare us these childish and nonsensical comments that if the ISI had been involved Hamid Mir would have been dead. We know how competent some of these agencies are, just take the Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbotabad for example. The primary responsibility of any government over the centuries is to provide security to its citizens. The rulers of Pakistan are failing in this most basic of responsibilities. If lives of most Pakistanis are not safe within Pakistan then what is the point of spending billions to defend them from outsiders.

Ali
Apr 24, 2014 09:14pm

Interesting powerful ISI involved but he is still alive makes no sense

Khawar
Apr 24, 2014 09:14pm

Time for ISI to defend itself. Even it is behind closed doors in front of selected senators or member of parliament. It is like like state within the state. What ever the decision Govt of Pakistan make, ISI and other secret agencies do not follow them. So much so the foreign policy of Govt is made by Military. Pakistan is going through very delicate time where democratic institutes are getting strong but the other side is trying to pull the Govt down.

sashi
Apr 24, 2014 09:15pm

Hamid Mir is a brave man. There are many brave people in pakistan. God bless them.

Nizamuddin Ahmmad Aali
Apr 24, 2014 09:15pm

Well done, Hamid Mir. You have made me proud at least, as well as many millions of Pakistanis. ISI can deny all they want, but should wait for Hamid saheb's recovery from wounds. Let FREEDOM OF PRESS win.

Man from UNCLE
Apr 24, 2014 09:24pm

NO TURNING BACK NOW. STAY DEFIANT. YOU PROVED IT ALREADY THAT YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO RATTLE THEIR CAGES.

carzy
Apr 24, 2014 09:27pm

since he successfully run a lawyers campaign against mussherrraf , on the backing of Nawaz, he got this idea the he is a king maker and whole pakistan should ask him first before to decide any thing in this country e,g operation against Taliban or foreign policy etc etc.otherwise he can bring them down.

A day dreamer and nothing

munawar
Apr 24, 2014 09:35pm

ISI should stop destroying pakistan

S. Zamen
Apr 24, 2014 09:37pm

Some of the journalists have an agenda to give Pakistan and Pakistan Armed Forces a bad name. They are succeeded because of the freedom of press given to them in a great country like Pakistan. Following Pakistani media from abroad, you feel as if every inch of Pakistan is burning. You find a totally different situation if you visit Pakistan. Problems such as poverty, lack of basic needs etc. is a different issue but on comparison you will find Pakistan a progressive country of a great nation. My question is: Is Hamid Mir such a strong force that ISI had to make several attempts

Sufi Mateen
Apr 24, 2014 09:37pm

I have a respect for Mir as a caring human. He cares about issues such as Baluchistan and terrorism. However at times I am baffled by his tactics such as pitting participants of the shows against each other, fueling anti-American sentiments without his own opinion on the matter, being in friendly contact with the terrorists who killed Col. Imam. I don't see him a savvy journalist, just an anchor who is motivated by personal agenda. I pray for his speedy recover and if ISI was involved in his attack they should be exposed and it is high time for civilian led govt to face that monster openly (I am convinced ISI is not so stupid to do such act)

muhammad
Apr 24, 2014 09:41pm

@Injunjoe It is not the matter of support for ISI leveling allegations against anybody before holding any enquiry is not justifiable it reeks hidden agenda to deliberately malign one of the national organization you can say that most probably ISI operatives are behind this attack but you cannot directly blame any institue like an enemy country

Ihtesham Kayani
Apr 24, 2014 09:44pm

What precisely has he done that he blames ISI? The claim is totally absurd. We live in a country where hundreds die every month and the killers remain unknown. But Mr Mir knew in advance, well done.

harron a
Apr 24, 2014 09:46pm

Whatever little respect I had for the army/ISI, went out the window after they removed Geo transmission from DHA Karachi. What a bunch of primeval tactics. News channels abroad get sued, not bullied and not closed down, as thousands of employment are affected. Army/ISI is not a revenue generating body, but one that feeds on tax payers money. Geo, on the other hand, is a revenue and job creation body. Prime Minister Nawaz sharif is giving loans to younger people asking them to create jobs. Well, if you keep shutting down large institutions that do so, then no need to inspire unnecessary confidence into the youth.

IKE
Apr 24, 2014 09:51pm

@Ali Yusuf: This episode does not prove sham democracy. Instead, it shows that its becoming a vibrant democracy, where people are willing to think and say whatever they want. I disagree with Hamid Mir, but he has right to say whatever he wants to say. And his critics have right to criticize him as well. Yes, words are loud and then there are those who want to silent the words, but we are still progressing. Pakistani Media's boldness is remarkable. Lacking is objectivity which is now emerging in some media outlets. That is a good sign.

Masood Haider
Apr 24, 2014 09:51pm

Hamid Mir is a despicable purveyor of yellow journalism displaying glaring bias towards the PML-N, the Jihadists, the Taliban and other assorted enemies of the state. His case is being presented as an issue of the freedom of the press but it is nothing of the kind. It defies belief that an agency, which is supposedly so adept at 'eliminating' people will botch up the job so pathetically and let its 'victim' spew this venom against the agency. All of this simply doesn't add up

ram
Apr 24, 2014 09:54pm

here is something Indian Media and Pakistan Media has in common blame ISI first and then ask questions

NASAH (USA)
Apr 24, 2014 09:55pm

The army and the ISI are once again back to their bad behavior -- if the victim who has been shot 6 times says the ISI shot him -- it is the job any newspaper worth the salt to publish the victim's statement with qualifiers -- but publish them none the less -- because it is so newsworthy -- to let the investigation go and point to whoever the culprit is.

Between the victim and the ISI someone is hiding the truth -- most likely the victim with 6 bullets buried in his body is not the one whose body is hiding the truth.

Shiraz
Apr 24, 2014 09:58pm

Yet again, our own people turn against our own institutions. For some reason, our People fail to understand that there are outside forces which are trying their best to destabilize Pakistan. Why don't they understand?

Ahmed
Apr 24, 2014 10:01pm

So called supporters of democratic rule have brought this country to its knees.

Patriot
Apr 24, 2014 10:01pm

@Ali . What deep thinkers like you do not understand is whoever shot him had infact done the perfect job; well almost. Who could predict, after all, that anyone can possibly survive six bullets. Don't know if you have ever been to Karachi, but the place he was shot dead is the exit gate of the karachi airport, meaning some one in the airport probably gave the shooters the exact location of his car. Now if the establishment has not done that, then we have to be even more concerned as a nation, since Taliban and others control our airport.. Scary huh??.. The primary blame is going to them, since currently, only they have a huge presence in the airport, and also especially since Mir had told his friends and family about this earlier. Tell me one thing. Is Mir an idiot to blame the ISI, knowing how hard these guys would now come after him. Also fear Allah, all of you who are lambasting Mir, for Allah has saved him like very few other.. Not once but twice. So make sure you donot say something about some one close to Allah without knowing facts..

IndianGuy
Apr 24, 2014 10:03pm

I can clearly see commentator posting here is on ISI payroll and posting comments under different names.

Vinit
Apr 24, 2014 10:04pm

Although i am an Indian and i know i don't have any right to comment in pakistan's internal matter. But i am unable to find answers of Some questions? 1.why all institution other than ISI/Army blame ISI/Army for this miserable condition of your country. I remember ten days before you defense minister "Khwaza Ashif" was blaming Army now "Hamid Mir".

  1. Why your media or civil Society is not united (ARY news mubashir Luqman is Anti geo Hamid Mir).

  2. Why your whole country is in mode of self-denial?

IndianGuy
Apr 24, 2014 10:05pm

All negative comments are posted by one person in short time. Check his timings. Almost same time.

Thinker
Apr 24, 2014 10:11pm

@ladies and gentlemen if ISI really wanted to take him because he is a danger to national security, he would not be alive today.

faisal
Apr 24, 2014 10:12pm

mr.mir if it was isi you would be dead simple

Harmony
Apr 24, 2014 10:12pm

It

ma
Apr 24, 2014 10:22pm

It is fashionable to blame ISI for all that is wrong. Where is the proof and why would he be targeted by ISI? As someone already pointed out, it could just be his ego, may be he is little too impressed with himself.

I don't know much what effect this episode will have on ISI, but one thing I know for sure is that because Mir Sahib has dragged ISI/Pak Army in a big way, he is bound to get very famous internationally and will be receiving a bunch of international awards for journalism very soon.

staysafe
Apr 24, 2014 10:22pm

Stay safe Geo.

muhibbewatan
Apr 24, 2014 10:42pm

Immediate action, no matter what, must be initiated in giving Mr. Mir the fullest privilege to pursue the matter with the appropriate authorities as is generally provided in most of the advanced countries and societies around the world. This is critical if Pakistan wants to convince the world that it is on the path to becoming 'civilised' and aspiring to be part of the civilised and progressive comity of nations. It will be a step in the right direction to mould the opinion of the world which is watching Pakistan more closely now so as to ascertain its correct position vis-a-vis handling of such undesirable activities coupled with granting the masses their due rights to pursue safe and prosperous lives that everyone so richly deserves.

Sridhar
Apr 24, 2014 10:48pm

@Amjad Wyne Let us see, who else should have managed the ego. Zulfiqr Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, the countless critics of the military and the ISI, former Ambassador Haqani, the uppity writer/poet Fatima Bhutto. The list goes on... doesn't it?!

iftekharhussain
Apr 24, 2014 10:49pm

This man always had ego problems, he played in the hands of the enemy, everyone know it, some say it some conceal it. This is too much coming out from his big mouth.

Salma
Apr 24, 2014 10:51pm

The irony is today it is Geo and tomorrow it could very well be Dawn (Nothing against Dawn but just to make a point it could haunt anyone for merely exposing a story). Learn to stand united against tyranny and support one another. How is it possible that all CCTV cameras planted on the way the killers went, mysteriously reported to malfunction?.By gagging the media you don't create fear. One needs to understand that part. Several days have elapsed and the police are yet to name the culprits. How is it possible for a crime committed in broad daylight? Pathetic is an understatement.

ashfaq
Apr 24, 2014 10:53pm

Wow. H.M. you want to see more sick in AFIC.

Sierra
Apr 24, 2014 10:54pm

Those who believe such acts by Intelligence agencies is normal typify the warped attitudes in the country. Have to salute Hamid Mir for not backing down.

ashfaq
Apr 24, 2014 11:17pm

@munawar 100 % agree.

Harmony
Apr 24, 2014 11:40pm

@Shiraz

Put your own house in order first. Its very convenient to blame outside forces.

Bobby
Apr 24, 2014 11:41pm

@Ihtesham Kayani

What proof can you provide if an intelligence agency is trying to silence you. Unless one has complete access to all internal communications both oral and written there is about a 0% chance of proving their involvement. But between the two, I think Mir might be the more believable one.

Ahmed
Apr 24, 2014 11:53pm

I am no fan of GEO or Hamid Mir. Also Geo transmission after the attack was somewhat ridiculous. But shooting someone just because he showed the Baloch people asking for the missing people or asking for No role of Army in politics is plain cruelty. People are openly supporting the attack on him and asking to shut down geo. Anchors on other channels are calling the episode a drama. These incidences show what type of society we live in. Its sick!

raja hindustani
Apr 25, 2014 12:10am

I think instead of abusing Mr. Hamid Mir, people of pakistan should better ask him for proof against ISI. Truth usually is very bitter; so people should think rationally, not emotionally. If he is really speaking truth then there wud be warning bell for pakistan & people of Pakistan should demand to control ISI. And if Hamid is lying or having any malicious propaganda against ISI or Pak Army, he should better be exposed & punished.

skeptic
Apr 25, 2014 12:10am

Just the fact that Hamid Mir had told everyone and anyone in the news media industry about his fears and had already nominated ISI before hand, even before the incident had occurred now feels like a really bad mistake in hind sight by him and also by the people of pushed him to this end.He really let himself, the ISI and the nation at large down by becoming vulnerable to any and all nefarious designs from the many enemies who live among us and around us and who hates us to take this country to further darkening chaos...

Fazal
Apr 25, 2014 12:24am

It is a shame to target a journalist who is trying to raise voice in favor of missing Baloch people. These government agencies won't learn any lesson.

Mekal Faruki
Apr 25, 2014 12:49am

Hamid Mir is reckless and irresponsible, he probably made false accusations at many other people and got shot as a result. The only person to blame for Hamid Mir's injuries, is Hamid Mir himself.

Tariq Khan
Apr 25, 2014 12:50am

ISI is a premier spy agency and it has got nothing to do with this person.

I. Ahmed
Apr 25, 2014 12:57am

Two things. Firstly the bomb planted under Hamid's car was owned by TTP, so 'intelligence' agencies have nothing to do with that episode. The government should investigate and bring this issue during upcoming talks with TTP. Secondly, it is brave of Hamid Mir to take up the Balochistan issue. However, if you see electronic and print media in Pakistan and the social media, everyone is sympathetic towards Mama Qadir and has said or written scathing remarks about ISI. If that is the situation, then why only Hamid Mir was attacked? Why not Talat Hussain, Javed Ch., Rauf Kalasra and company by ISI? It is historical that journalists and opinion leaders are threatened by various arms of government to back out from certain issues- this has also helped the yellow or lifafa journalism since 1980's. No one is saying ISI is pious and led by prayer leaders and pope of this world. If Hamid was threatened by Musharaf in 2007 why didn't he go to the honorable and suo moto CJ of later years? The CJ would surely have had a field day. On perception and presumption you do not blame anyone even the mafia chief. Bring the proof, let the government investigate and then start calling names. Apart from the fact that Hamid was hurt in the incident I have as much sympathy for him as I have for ISI.

Ijaz
Apr 25, 2014 01:26am

The defence ministry accuse Geo

Syed Ahmed
Apr 25, 2014 01:32am

Hamid Mir and his brother is speaking foreign language. Before raising fingers towards ISI, will the sane group of journalists ponder why a non-bullet-proof car was sent to the airport to pick Hamid Mir despite the warning issued by the Home Department Punjab, dated 28 Jan 2014, captioned

danish
Apr 25, 2014 01:32am

Hamid Mir is also playing politics by this news as read: " He said that Hamir Mir has vowed to foil all these conspiracies being orchestrated against him and his family members at an appropriate time".

What will be an appropriate time than this one now !!!

Hamid Mir just want to play politics. What a shame !!

Ahmed
Apr 25, 2014 01:36am

Bravo Hamid Mir. People like you make me proud to have been born a Pakistani. You keep the hope alive that Pakistan will emerge from being the basket case it has become thanks to generals acting as if they are above the law.

bhukh
Apr 25, 2014 01:39am

What a media management by Nawab Sharief? 3G 4G deals passed,while media is busy with Hamir Mir affair .

Pakistani
Apr 25, 2014 01:41am

Salute to Pakistan army and won to haters and supporter of following Aman ki ashas agenda.

Ali
Apr 25, 2014 01:42am

All allegations are against Generals Aslam Beg massive corruption was proven in court, Zia Ul Haq took us to Afghan war and results are clear, Musharraf openly threatened Bugti and then we saw his murder, Baluchistan missing persons case is visible even to blind etc etc but interestingly when anyone talks about corruption by Generals they ran and hide behind honest loyal soldiers, Sipahis, just like what did in Dhaka and in Kargil. Accountability should be for everyone include corrupt generals. If Bhutto, Benazir, Mujeeb can go to jail then why Raheel Sharif will not let Musharraf go to jail. Why he kept him in army hospital for 3 months without reason? A case should be registered against doctors for lieing to the nation

Ganga Din
Apr 25, 2014 01:57am

@Ali Yusuf

What non-sense are you talking about? This episode proves nothing other than this journalist is working for his own glory and will do anything to achieve that including an attack on himself. No one would leave a person alive to continue to criticize them. Democracy doesn't give you the license to spew misinformation.

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 02:11am

@Ali Yusuf

Pakistan will not be democratic by your definition till we accept India's nuclear Brahmanship in South Asia.

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 02:14am

@omer khan shaheen

A judiciary whose judges have billionaire sons has already failed all litmus tests.

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 02:19am

@Akram

"The ISI are fighting a losing battle, they are trying to fight change."

I think the enemies of ISI are trying to fight change. The only real change is Pakistan's nuclear status.

Salman
Apr 25, 2014 02:23am

Each time anyone in Pakistan levels criticism at one of our "sensitive" institutions, they are labelled as traitors or agents of India or the USA. It's time this practice was put to an end.

The man took six bullets - he can cast suspicions on anyone he wants! Let's carry out an impartial investigation.

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 02:24am

@ania

" ISI and army who are shutting down geo in all cantonment areas."

Another allegation without proof, you guys don't learn, do you.

mohib khan
Apr 25, 2014 02:26am

I believe that there is nothing wrong with Hamid Mir stating that he was targeted by ISI. After every incident a FIR is lodged and you are asked to voice your suspicion. Thereafter the case is investigated and the law takes its course. Hamid Mir must have done something against the state which has invited the wrath of the state ie ISI. During the course of inquiry this will come out The fault lies with the channel which gave a negative propaganda against a state institution. This is what the nation does not like. Now a judicial commission will find the facts and the masses will know the truth. As for Hamid MIr the incident is sad and further aggravated by the negative prop. wish the case is sorted out amicably

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 02:37am

@Man from UNCLE

You aare living in fool's heaven, Hamid Modi has essentially run away from a fight.

mohib khan
Apr 25, 2014 02:39am

@ania Bycotting Geo is a right which has been tried successfully in the west, and if the present and retired soldiers feel that they should boycott Geo, it is their right which no one can deny . This is the personal view of a consumer, ie to decide what he wants no law of any land what so ever compels a citizen to use a brand against his will. Brave pak army. Love your stand God be with you

mohib khan
Apr 25, 2014 02:45am

@Akram pl why would ISI hide truth as long as it benefits the state. The role of intelligence agencies is to track and apprehend those who damage the interests of Pakistan. If a man works for this country he should find friends in ISI not enemies. However if Mr Mir was working for a hidden agenda which is against the country God help him. He will in this case find Not ONLY ISI but every Pakistani his enemy. He had better go to the place where he will be safe.

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 03:01am

@NASAH (USA)

"The army and the ISI are once again back to their bad behavior"

The bad behavior" of not letting India be a nuclear Brahmin in South Asia".

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 03:03am

Qadam Barhao Raheel Sharif, hum tumharey sath hain.

Mustafa
Apr 25, 2014 03:08am

@Vinit

"ten days before you defense minister "Khwaza Ashif" was blaming Army"

I have a question for you, why do haters of our Army/ISI tend to get their Z's and J's mixed up? It is Khwaja not Khwaza. When would you learn that Urdu has both of these sounds, unlike more primitive languages.

Revolution
Apr 25, 2014 03:23am

@IndianGuy Why dont you worry about your internal state of affairs rather than gunning for the ISI, Its because of ISI your dreams arent fullfilled, Akhand Bharat because you people cant digest to see Pakistan's existence.

Revolution
Apr 25, 2014 03:26am

@Ahmed Oh really what about the useless corrupt politicians who have nothing to offer for Pakistan, either you are an Indian hiding in disguise, so please stop trolling and leave us in peace, Is Hamid Mir going to change Pakistan forever, before accusing ISI he should back it up with concrete evidence otherwise, Hamid Mir's career will come to an end.

Zahid Ismail
Apr 25, 2014 03:43am

Mr Hamid. get well soon, truth always prevails ..we are not against ISI but dirt in must be unveiled and we know you and your channel can do it...keep it up brother...

Rex Minor
Apr 25, 2014 03:46am

Pakistan current elected Government has apparently decided to cohibits with the military to prevent a military coup, which means that military controlled institutions such as ISI can continue to operate outside the limits of the constiturtion. mean that the journalist like Hamid Mir, who challenge the ISI will be leaving the country? What a shame..

Rex Minor

John
Apr 25, 2014 03:48am

Wondering why is it undemocratic for ISI to be questioned about missing persons in Baluchistan, while it is fully democratic for ISI to engage in similar activities in neighboring countries? There is more depth to missing persons saga which is being protected under the name of national security - reminds me of Gen. Musharraf's dictatorship.

KPK Wala
Apr 25, 2014 04:41am

The only person I like in Geo News, and someone shot him. Where is our country going on. I am so sad ever since I heard him shot six times. May he get well soon.

KPK Wala
Apr 25, 2014 04:41am

The only person I like in Geo News, and someone shot him. Where is our country heading. I am so sad ever since I heard him shot six times. May he get well soon.

Anwar Amjad
Apr 25, 2014 05:12am

No Pakistani is afraid of our army or intelligence agencies. Only enemies of Pakistan have any grudge against them. Hamid Mir by expressing his fear of ISI has provided sufficient proof where his loyalties lie.

Sultan Alvi, Canada
Apr 25, 2014 05:15am

@faisal Are you telling us that ISI is the new GOD in Pakistan? Have you not heard of the famous saying,"Jisey Allah Rakhey Ussey Kaun Chakhe." Nobody is perfect including ISI. Long live Hamid Mir.

If the Criminals who tried to kill Hamid Mir are NOT CAUGHT, then ISI is behind the criminals. If ISI is that good and competent, then ISI should be able to catch these criminals, and hence prove its innocence in this criminal act. We pray for Hamid Mir's fast recovery. Aameen!

anony
Apr 25, 2014 05:19am

This guy just loves to jump to conclusions without any proof. Long live Pak Army. Long live Pakistan.

ivehadit
Apr 25, 2014 05:33am

If the ISI is so innocent, why is it resorting to censorship. Why not fight it out on the airwaves and in the courts?

AW
Apr 25, 2014 05:45am

Until the appointed judicial commission has completed its work, Hamid Mir, GEO and the government need to cooperate with it and be patient. By shutting down GEO in Army areas, the Army is damaging its own credibility and not helping its own case

M K Ghauri
Apr 25, 2014 05:47am

Even CNN/BBC follow the Govt policies when foreign policies issues are being aired.Many a times these channels blacked out important events i.e.Raymond Davis shooting incident was totally ignored whereas Shakil Afridi is being portrayed as a hero.If GEO keeps defying the advices from various organs of the state some one might lose his top and exploit the situation to embarrass the Government.

ali qazi
Apr 25, 2014 06:39am

Our enemies who perpetrated this tragic episode are the only gaines whereas we the blame gammers are the loosers. Let's we all get united, the armed forces, journalists, govt, judiciary, civil society to thwart evil designs of enemies.

Suhail
Apr 25, 2014 06:50am

How can Hamid Mir and Company(Geo) keep blaming ISI without any evidence or proof. It obviously appears that there are some people in the media who are working on some special agenda to weaken this country further by leveling these kind of allegations without any proof. Why Geo and Hamid Mir has never brought forward any investigative programs to uncover the foreign countries which are supporting Taliban and Baloch rebels who are killing innocent people every day. Why these evening arm chair critics are not able force the politicians to bring laws which can strengthen law enforcement agencies and eliminate terrorism. The job of Pakistan army and ISI is to protect it's country and thanks to Almighty, they are doing their job.

zafar
Apr 25, 2014 07:09am

If Hamid Mir is a journalist who stands on the side of the weak and the people of Pakistan, then what did he do when an election in 2013 was stolen from those people. In his role as one of the leading voices of the popular media, he had a responsibility. How did he exercise this responsibility. What was the role of his media group in covering up this atrocity and did he try to stop any of that? Hamid Mir serves vested interests and those interests are now colliding with some others.

Amjad Wyne
Apr 25, 2014 07:24am

@Atif Ali The point is simple. In Pakistan, you do not need ISI to eliminate someone. It is much easier, much more economical and blazingly faster to do it otherwise. Anyone who thinks he can only be targeted or killed by ISI has a different problem - it is called delusion.

fb
Apr 25, 2014 07:41am

@Man from UNCLE maybe its you who belongs to a cage :-). You r but getting enough iodine in ur diet uncle

indian
Apr 25, 2014 07:50am

is Pakistan a free country?????

Abdul
Apr 25, 2014 08:07am

Pakistani journalist no less than a gangster.

Amjad Wyne
Apr 25, 2014 08:07am

@Ali I think you should pose these questions to Hamid Mir. Only he has the insiders knowledge.

Dr Mubeen Malik
Apr 25, 2014 08:17am

What else is left. Is there any harm that Hamid Mir's allegation be upheld & an independent inquiry conducted while putting both sides at the same level?

Anwar Amjad
Apr 25, 2014 08:29am

ISI threatening to kill Hamid Mir for giving coverage to a walk by two dozen people does not appeal to logic. Dawn newspaper and tv channel gave equal coverage if not more. In fact Dawn reports on Balochistan issues more comprehensively than any other media house in Pakistan. How many people in Dawn have received such threats?

Khurram
Apr 25, 2014 08:36am

If ISI has nothing to do with it and they are protector of Pakistan then why don't they simply find out who the real attackers were instead of blacking out Geo TV. A journalist as popular as Hamid is worth protecting. How difficult it is to catch the attackers who attacked somebody in open?

consultar
Apr 25, 2014 09:14am

i am totally agree with hamid mir ........

ali
Apr 25, 2014 09:15am

@ania Very good point.While other parts of the world are moving towards a speedy development in all respects; Pakistan is a lone exception: they are busy with crippling down their own people's voice.You don't take lesson from history. If it's continue then how do you establish social justice, peace and prosperity in your mother land? Remember time will not wait for you!

Jamshed Khan
Apr 25, 2014 09:58am

I would be surprised if it was ISI as they wouldn't miss their target. It is more like another grudge with some else.

joe
Apr 25, 2014 10:10am

I would like to see any so called BRAVE man seeking PUBLICITY and is willing to take SIX bullets fired at him.He has survived SERIOUS assassination attempt on his life. To me he has all the RIGHT to point finger at ANY one he feels tried to assassin him and let the investigating agencies do the investigation to find what he suspects is TRUE or NOT.

Syed Husain
Apr 25, 2014 10:14am

In my opinion, Mr. Mir has only two choices - Put the proof on the table or shut up.

A Rehman
Apr 25, 2014 10:31am

"His fight is for sovereignty and security of Pakistan, restoration of peace, eradication of terrorism, rule of law and freedom of speech which cannot be suppressed, said Hamid Mir

Afzal Mahmood
Apr 25, 2014 11:43am

@Amjad Wyne u mean "Zulm Reh aur amen b ho, Kia mumken hie tum hi Kaho"

excalibur
Apr 25, 2014 11:49am

Were it not for an upright DAWN we would be victims of GEO propaganda and foreign agenda. Mir is a mediocre and his venom against the Army can be gauged by Capital Talk episodes of April alone. At NDU it was Mir who dared Musharraf to action against Lal Masjid and when he did ,Mir switched sides to Mullah Burqa

Even today GEO ( unlike DAWN ) has not even highlighted Shafiq Tanoli's shahadat in Karachi or the dastardly attacks on Express news offics and DSNG in Karachi

Ansar Abbasi, Absar Alam , Imtiaz Alam and Mir are all foreign assets planted here for Aman ki Asha Tamasha. Numerous petitions are pending hearing in SC against GEO because CJ Chaudhry had blocked them. ( remember how he patronised GEO alone on his final day at SC )

Why Mir was not provided security by GEO itself ? Instead of bullet proof GEO vehicles, a Hertz rent a car was sent to pick him up from the airport with anew driver and gun man ( who never fired a shot in retaliation allthrough the drama ) The vehicle was washed destroying forensic evidence ( like Benazir case ) neither the driver nor the guard recorded any statement. Mir was busy calling his handlers instead of asking the gunman to protect him.

Even in the 2012 drama of a bomd under his vehicle in Islamabad, it was unbelievable that a packaged placed under the chassis which needed the car to be jacked up for retrieval was claimed to have been there in the first place ( how did anyone see that in the first place ? )

The footage will also show a policeman confidently reaching for the package , opening it , showing disconnected wires while the Bomb disposal guy in his armour suit was loitering around far away. You cant fool all the people all the time. Kudos to DAWN for being independent and truthful

In this case,Mir was a spent foreign asset well past his use by date and his own handlers wanted to eliminate him in which case the ISI would have been blamed without the burden on GEO to prove it. It is

Haider
Apr 25, 2014 11:51am

He just dances on India's orders. Not sincere to do Pakistan. Look up him saying things against Pakistan when he was in Bangladesh.

Shahzad Ahmed
Apr 25, 2014 11:59am

A news channel screen is like a Letter Head of the entity. All channels should excercise extreme care while showing or airing some thing which might put them into civil/criminal litigation. GEO failed to keep this in mind on that day now they must face the music.

Anum
Apr 25, 2014 11:59am

@Iqbal I am afraid of Mr Iqbal here and if any thing happens to me he should be blamed!

So now if I die tomorrow for whatever reason are you to be blamed? The problem is threats are from various sources but you ahve to investigate first before maligning an institution. What GEO and Hamid Mir are doing is wrong. Condemning before proof is wrong anywhere in the world especially if that institution defends you. People who think we pay them for this are dead wrong. If it was about money we would hv had no army or ISI but it wldv belonged to the highest bidder. It takes a huge amount of patriotism to put yourself through harm for so many unknown, ungrateful and hating people!

Friend
Apr 25, 2014 01:23pm

@excalibur. I agree with most of your comments. We should not bring Asha or whatever in and keep those dramas separate. You have a great point though; how come a person with six shots, some of them serious and deep in the abdomen, can call and discuss the situation, gunman watch all the episode, victim driven peacefully to the hospital and then does not wake up for around two days. Probably he is a superman. I pray for his health but first thing he remembers after waking up is not his own situation but ISI.

Last Word
Apr 25, 2014 01:56pm

Pakistan has produced two brave and fearless individuals ie Malala Yousafzai and Hamid Mir. There are many similarities between the two ie both were subjected to murderous attacks but survived, both took on high and mighty for fighting injustices, both are accused of feigned attacks and working for foreign govts. Well, Malala came out unscratched and conferred with many international awards which silenced her critics and now it is the turn of the brave journalist and anchor to expose the guilty who have on their hands, blood of many innocent and hapless people.

Akil Akhtar
Apr 25, 2014 03:17pm

Hamid Mir and Geo's tone towrads Pakistan and its military has been very disturbing for all who care for Pakistan. Mr Mir or Geo are not bigger than Pakistan and the national interests which they think they are. Has any body noticed the amount of positive news on Geo about india compared to only negative coverage of Pakistan. Shameful to say the least. The aman ka tamasha (asha) is a one sided fraud.

Muhammed Ali
Apr 25, 2014 04:26pm

@Ali Yusuf
What makes you think that we have anything that resembles Democracy in Pakistan, even if the Army was to stay away from politics Democracy would and always has been a sham, the only reason the politicians dont want the army involved is so that they can rape and plunder the country without anyone taking account..If the current govt had its way Pakistan would have long been awarded to India wrapped like a present....

ishrat salim
Apr 25, 2014 04:40pm

If Hamid Mir still holds ISI & its boss responsible, why has he not file FIR in their name yet ? FIR was filed by the SHO Airport against " namalom afrad "...& that too after 5 days from the date of incidence...why ?

Salim A
Apr 25, 2014 05:50pm

The military by attempting to shut down GEO -TV will cause more harm to themselves. They should leave the media alone, even if it disparages them. That's called democracy and freedom of speech, something the feudal, mullah and military have a hard time accepting.

Stay out of minting money in Defense Housing Societies, cement and cereal making and stay focused on defending this country, something the upper officer class if this Army has not done.

Faraz
Apr 25, 2014 05:55pm

Hamid Mir baselesss allegations against our LEA only serve the enemies of pakistan.isn't it?

Friend
Apr 25, 2014 06:20pm

I wish that Pakistani nation understand the importance of their Armed Forces. I invite all those Pakistanians (who are not working on a foreign payroll for speaking against their own country and institutions) visiting any border area and staying there for a while to understand the importance of the brave soldiers awake while you sleep. I sympathize with Hamid and his family but why he or anyone else needs to speak against own Army. Why do you drag Army in your matters and then complain about their interference in political issues. Who will speak about current conflicts in the country and their roots? Where the support for anti-state elements is coming from? How are these elements getting stronger and bigger? Well, some of you may still point the finger towards your Armed Forces (because of what you hear day and night on the media) but you need patriotic media to uncover the truth behind these issues rather than exhausting yourself against Army.

Nadeem
Apr 25, 2014 07:01pm

Is RAW, MOSSAD or CIA giving him all the info ???

Nadeem
Apr 25, 2014 07:02pm

@Blitzer I agree with you

asfi
Apr 25, 2014 07:33pm

@Ali Yusuf
Come on don't be naive, why would ISI or military attack Hamid Mir.

Javed Khan
Apr 25, 2014 07:35pm

@omer khan shaheen Poor Pakistani's are dying every day. But there is no litmus test. Only Hamid Mir has gone so important.

Sajid
Apr 25, 2014 09:14pm

@Blitzer Either you are a very naive person without any comprehension of the facts, or are too biased to grasp the reality. Don't you know that Hamid Mir is lying in the Hospital with three bullets in his body? And you expect him to go and file an FIR with Police? Height of ignorance or deepest depth of stupidity!!!

Nizamuddin Ahmmad Aali
Apr 25, 2014 10:36pm

I smell a rat here.. The investigative team should consist of retired senior officers and judges from Sindh an Baluchistan. This is a critical case, since it concerns the army. media and free press. May be the ISI will be exposed but it will be good for republic of Pakistan. Mr. Mir should testify behind closed doors face to face. No hanky panky please, and no doctored press release.

Shoaib
Apr 26, 2014 02:19am

@Akram Our premier spying agency is not an exception comparing with secret agencies of other countries for identifying and eliminating threats at their own to safeguad their national security, but how things hv happened in case of Hamid Mir I see ISI as a victim.

shami
Apr 26, 2014 02:21am

This is first time that someone has dared to speak against ISI. The role of ISI and army in politics cannot not be neglected. I think they have'nt learnt lesson from past. If Hamid mir has spoken on the issue of missing persons he has not done anything wrong. A ban on Geo TV would not be the answer to this problem. Geo has made a mistake in hurling accusations againt ISI before investigations. Thes should have waited for the investigations by Juidicial commission.

rana1
Apr 26, 2014 06:19am

Perhaps there is more to this story than what Mr.Amir is telling us. Journalist can not tell us that they are saints.there is no denying the fact all this happened in the province where all kinds of crime are carried out. If the ISI was really after him,then they could not have waited this long for him to develop wrinkles to take him out.

rana1
Apr 26, 2014 06:32am

@Injunjoe ......who has proof?

rana1
Apr 26, 2014 06:33am

@Fiz .....hehehehe got to see the proof!

rana1
Apr 26, 2014 06:41am

@AKNasser .....you are right, in the name of the country we have a Mr. Bond in pakistan for the sake of pakistan!

rana1
Apr 26, 2014 06:54am

@Mazari .......any proof it was Osama? In the USA a group is is lobbying that the USA should give proof if that was Osama! USA never found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq till now,and they ravaged a country and left it fighting between themselves.USA and baby israel want that toy from pakistan called nuclear bomb and they will stop at nothing.They are the war mongers and behind the chaos in pakistan.

ahmed
Apr 26, 2014 08:09am

Shame on those who are trying to damage the image and credibility of Army & ISI. Do they think that Armed Forces & intelligence agencies of other countries behave differently? But we do not see any such criticism from media against CIA, RAW, MOSSAD and the armed forces there. Clearly, Hamid Mir, Amir Mir, Asma Jehangir, Umar Cheema and Ansar Abbasi are part of larger foreign agenda. These people need to be driven out from the country to the country of their choice i.e. India. They are paid agents working against very existence of Pakistan. Look at this behavior of Hamid Mir where he while sitting in Dhaka is demanding apology from Pakistan Army disregarding what Mukti Bhani did with pro Pakistani Bengalies at that time and how they attacked Pak ARmy and civilians from West Pakistan who were there on deputation. Let it be clear to all , if there was no Army and no ISI there would have been no Pakistan as we would have been taken over by USSR, India or Taliban.

Mansoor Sajid
Apr 26, 2014 09:09am

Even if H. Mir claim against ISI is true, he and all other media personnel in the best interest of the country should have refrained from going public. ISI represents and is an integral part of Pakistan Army and we as Pakistanis are proud of our army, notwithstanding their shortcomings.

Last Word
Apr 26, 2014 11:52am

If one does a close scrutiny of the comments posted against Hamid Mir and those in favour of the premier agency, makes it amply clear that a few individuals have posted them under different names as similar type of language is used in majority of these comments. Had the military and its agencies put half the efforts against the militants instead of its critics, militancy would have been eliminated in Pakistan by now. But unfortunately for Pakistanis, their focus is mainly directed towards plotting against the neighbours, abductions and eliminating of opponents as well as running business houses in the country.

Iqbal
Apr 26, 2014 12:02pm

@Anum I never said anything about the reaction from GEO. That was uncalled for. I agree with you on that. I tried making a different point.

What warrants a thorough investigation of the ISI is this incidence along with Saleem Shehzad who was killed on 29 May 2011 for publishing an article in Asia Times Online. He too had blamed the Intel Agencies. Admiral Mullen, had blamed directly blamed Mr. Pasha and Mr. Kiyani based on their own intelligence (they had intercepted a phone call) according to Carlotta Gall in her book the Wrong Enemy. The ever inconclusive "commissions" are a perfect cover as was the case in Mr. Shehzad.

I guess, without an investigation, you would say journalists have a thing against ISI for God-knows-what reason? It helps to stop being so naive. And if ISI is so "clean", they would do their level best to prove it. But I can confidently predict you'd only see strong reactions from Govt., ISI, Army, rival TV Channels etc. but the hard questions will remain perfectly unanswered. And once you've seen me be right, allow a moment of humility to overwhelm you.

Hitesh
Apr 26, 2014 01:43pm

After reading so many comments I can understand why ISI couldn't be tamed.

Syed Ahmed
Apr 26, 2014 06:13pm

@ So mush venom against the army. Seems to be rejected at the ISSB

Shahpur
Apr 26, 2014 07:44pm

I think guy Mir lives in a fantasy world.

rana1
Apr 26, 2014 08:46pm

who ever is behind the shooting wants to cause chaos and civil riots like an Arab spring.This is meant to destabilise the country by using the very best tool that was used in other countries.....and the tool is kill journalists,a people whose profession is considered by many as respectable,(though most of these journalists are of dubious nature and work for people who can pay them to publish articles for personal interests)We should not forget these anchormen and women using media can fan hatred too.

Tarun
Apr 26, 2014 10:16pm

@Amjad Wyne ur a dumb....in democracy everyone has a right to express his/her feelings

Harmony
Apr 26, 2014 10:26pm

@rana1

Osama admitted in a video sent to Al-Jazeera TV that it was him. Some people live in cuckoo-land.

Sam
Apr 26, 2014 10:33pm

ISI seems to be an institution acting against the democratic institutions of Pakistan!

AKNasser
Apr 27, 2014 11:56am

@IKE Good comments. But why are we as a nation paying any attention to India speaking spitefully against ISI or any other institution of our armed forces ? India will use any tactic as long as it can malign Pakistan & its institutions. Answer to all those allegations by Hamid Mir , is to catch those criminals who attacked him .

Harmony
Apr 27, 2014 02:04pm

@Tarun

You assert: