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Armed with an internet connection, our budding forensic investigation experts have already decided who the triggermen in the attack on Hamid Mir are.
Armed with an internet connection, our budding forensic investigation experts have already decided who the triggermen in the attack on Hamid Mir are.

Hamid Mir was shot because of his calls to respect the human rights of the Baloch, because he stood with Mama Qadeer in the VMBP’s Long March.

No, it was because he didn’t give enough space to the Taliban’s viewpoint.

No, silly, it’s because a distraction was needed from the non-stop coverage of Musharraf in Karachi. Now, under the cover of this distraction, the former president can safely fly the coop. That’s right; guess which party controls every falling leaf in Karachi and was allied to Musharraf? Do the math.

Don’t be ridiculous; he staged the attack on himself for ratings/sympathy/cover of some kind. I mean, just look at that single, blurred, frame I saw of the car. Where’s the blood? Surely that’s proof positive? I mean if Malala can do it why can’t Hamid Mir? I even wrote a blog about it after spending 15 minutes googling gunshot victims. Open your eyes, people. I’m an expert.

That’s a short summary of the social media theories revolving around the attack on Mr Mir.

Armed with an internet connection and the ability to understand simple mathematics (2+2=5), our budding forensic investigation experts have already decided who the triggermen in this episode are.

Then, of course, there are the ‘fastest finger first’ condemnation bots, because every second counts here. There are those who will time the politicians racing to get to the hospital first, because nothing spells real concern like a timely photo op.

Then there’s the ‘stay safe’ crowd. Well-meaning, and when you really have nothing more to say, I suppose that’s the best one can do. And really, it is all about what’s being said, to whom and for what reason. Because clearly, there are those who would be happier if the media as a whole just finally shut up.

‘But that’s not going to happen!’ say others, mostly journalists.

The media will not be silenced, their voice will not be muzzled. Not by one bullet or a hundred.

Now that’s reassuring. That, despite threats, attacks and murders, the media will somehow continue to speak out (as it does now and then) against injustice, criminal gangs, terrorist organisations, out of control state agencies and so on and so forth.

But that’s just wishful thinking. There’s no point harking to the Zia-era repression and pointing out the stalwarts who stood up to it.

The past is another country; one in which your life wasn’t worth a few thousand rupees at most, even after adjusting for inflation.

Also read | Journalists in Pakistan: Here be dragons

The media will be muzzled; will grow silent simply because there is no security and probably will never be any justice. Not just for journalists, but for anyone at all. This is the reality we are faced with.

Let's be honest with ourselves: We aren't Hamid Mir. We aren't Mustafa, Raza Rumi, the Hazara or any other victim du jour you choose. We are, all of us, on our own.

So stay safe, until you’re not.

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Zarrar Khuhro is a Dawn staffer. He is a co-host of the TV talk show, Zara Hut Kay.

He tweets @ZarrarKhuhro

The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

Comments (98) Closed

khan Apr 19, 2014 08:19pm

Bunch of thugs are roaming around shooting at those who are speaking against their crimes. It's a routine practice now, they will continue to target against people like Saleem Shahzad, Mir, or XYZ.

TAM Apr 19, 2014 08:29pm

Hamid Mir might be the favorite for many millions but he certainly is a very biased TV journalist. Ask him about a particular minority community and he gets into a fit and attacks them quite mercilessly.

However, I wish him speedy recovery. Get well soon.

Noreen Shams Apr 19, 2014 08:34pm

I agree with the conclusion ..first priority should be stay alive even to barter with silence

dr zahoor Apr 19, 2014 09:06pm

The act is shameful and has to be condemned. Every person has the right to speak his mind and express his opinion. Having said that it is also true that Mr. Hamid Mir is very biased in his thoughts. Whatever the topic of discussion in his program, he tries to drag it towards General Musharaf. A Moulvi was asked that 2+2 is what? immediately came his reply 4 breads. Mr Hamid Mir never misses an opportunity to speak against the security forces and President Musharaf. He has personal animosity against both. He was the one who first of all spoke about Ajmal Kasab and narrated his complete background. He always advocates so called "Amman Ki Asha".and what not. However the attack on him is regrettable and shocking. I pray for his health and quick recovery.

Agha Ata Apr 19, 2014 09:30pm

"You have the right to remain silent."
NO. Lets put it a little crudely, but more truthfully ,
"We have the right to keep you silent."

Fiz Apr 19, 2014 09:42pm

Why is it that whenever you have to settle a score with anyone Karachi is the place to do that? Remember 2 May during Musharraf's time?

Ram Apr 19, 2014 09:48pm

In today's world taking a stand is considered biased. If you support Aman Ki Asha your considered Indian agent on Pakistan side and Pakistan agent on Indian side. If you support Baluchistan your considered anti Pakistan/Army/ISI and if you support Pakistan your considered anti- Baluchistan/militants/freedomfighters similarly if you support Kashmir your considered anti-india/Army/raw if you support India your considered anti-Kashmir/militants/freedomfighters. If you support PTI/PLMN your considered your against PPP and visa versa. If you support shia your named anti-sunni and visa versa. If you support TTP your consider anti-government and visa versa. If your Liberal/secular your anti-conservative/Islam and if your Conservative/Islam your anti-Liberal/secular. If you support democracy your against theocracy visa versa.Best is to keep your mouth shut. Shut up and be happy or else you will be the target by the opposite group. Let these wars end and there be peace. Peace be upon all around the world. Shanti Shanti Shantihi(peace, peace and peace).Only bridge which can connect the two opposites the left and the right is the middle path(moderation) but moderation which is very difficult to achieve. God bless all :)

Parvez Apr 19, 2014 10:43pm

The attack on Hamid Mir shows that ' THEY ' are the ones who are scared..........scared that people like Hamid Mir, Reza Rumi etc speak out. Asking the good to stay silent, allows evil to flourish.

Frankenstine Apr 19, 2014 11:52pm

Its unfortunate that he has been shot... but at the the same time its disgusting to Blast our arm forces..Guys just think for a moment what is the moral of 22-24 years old Second Lieutenant or Captain who is sitting in N-Waziristan.. ambushed by TTP ..constantly bashed by our Media(some sections). he is giving his ""youth"" for this country.. yes for Pakistan to fight against TTP and then people like Hamid Meer bashed them and people like Munawar Hussain raise qusetion over there sacrifices.. whats the difference between a clerk and our front line Journo?? I have no connection with military but yes I Mm 23 years old.. want to see this world and surely not want to ambushed by TTP.. . so Kudos to our Brave soldiers.. and get well soon Hamid Meer..

Man from UNCLE Apr 20, 2014 01:19am

What doesn't kill you make you stronger..............Mir get even with them with your pen and your voice of opinion.

Harinder Apr 20, 2014 02:09am

Instead of Pakistan security forces going after internationally acclaimed terrorists, upright media people are being silenced for speaking the inconvenient truths.

IKE Apr 20, 2014 02:44am

Nice piece. It is a reflection as to who we are. Thanks

Syed Ahmed Apr 20, 2014 03:00am

Hamid Mir's brother has accused the ISI straight away. ISI won't indulge in such a petty thing. They have a major trans-frontier role to play.

Musa Afridi Apr 20, 2014 03:32am

Every so often i come across a piece that has some sense to it. This is one of them.

Ganga Din Apr 20, 2014 03:40am

@Parvez: No body is scared of anything. Just don't cross the line. Understand your limitations and if you cross the line, be prepared for the consequences. You have to live with the decisions you make.

syed Apr 20, 2014 03:41am

Jorno in Pakistan is no child's play, and they get paid handsomely for this daring job. I am sure Mir Sahib knows this and had been expecting something like this for a while now. what these people don't get is that you cannot silence the voice of freedom, it will always find a way to be heard. Killing someone like Mir will only strengthen that voice.

Ali Hassan Bhatti Apr 20, 2014 03:45am

Attack on Mir is attack on people of Pakistan

Tehsin Apr 20, 2014 03:58am

Hamid Mir got Shot and Not Killed, a lot of us Pakistanis are not that lucky. Most of us , when get Shot get killed, including one of our ex-prime-minister and quite a large number of Military and para military personal. HE is also the guy who had a Bomb installed underneath his car , that didn't blew up. Again, a lot of us Pakistanis are not that lucky, Most of us get blown in pieces when a bomb is installed underneath our behinds, including Army officials and para military forces. So, either Hamid Mir is One lucky son of a gun or he is behind his bomb placing getting shot.

Imran Apr 20, 2014 06:08am

@Ram: I totally understand the good intention, But would this mayhem ever end? when would the "shanity" and peace you are talking about will be acheived, It will be unrealistic to acheive a fair, moderate, just society if everyone hops on the bandwagon of "eat, drink and be merry" and when someone get hurt or killed by these criminals, thank the lord that it was not you. Peace would not come if everybody just tries to shut their mouths and wish to stay alive, someone has to be courageous and speak against these criminals, gangsters, thiefs, and corrupt politicians.

God Bless and best wishes for the Hamid Mir and family

krishan Apr 20, 2014 08:16am

High time pakistan got rid of criminals carrying arms openly. To be able to do this it has stop state patronage of both criminal and terror gangs for whatever reasons and rely on police for internal security and armed forces for external and not on shady criminal elements.

Nizauddin Ahmad Aali Apr 20, 2014 08:16am

I was shocked to find out that ISI has a HIT Squad for their own citizens. People should demand a explanation from the foreign ministry and PM Sharif. Mr. Mir is a good, honest reporter and also a citizen of Pakistan. Ti harm is a serious crime.

Last Word Apr 20, 2014 09:06am

Hamid Mir is quite popular in India for his unbiased stance and no wonder he appears on many Indian TV channels though occasionally. The news of attack on him is published on the front page in all leading Indian dallies besides given wide coverage on TV channels as well as naming those responsible for this attack. The time has come for the civilian government to take full control otherwise democracy is in imminent danger in Pakistan.

Zameen Apr 20, 2014 09:11am

Pakistani has not been developed because we are having the worst mindset in the World. A well developed country must have some features for example. 1:- Friendly Neighbors. (Which some Powers in the world don't want Pakistan/India to have). 2:- Strong/Powerful Democratic Government (and if power is with others then we must blame the ones with Power not the Govt) 3:- Every institute Defense, Media, Govt, Judiciary must have the same and high respect, It is just like " LAW must be same for every one". 3:- Pak Army/ISI should learn from CIA, Which is very highly obedient to Govt and Who take action on single American, and to them peace in USA is highly important, for which they are planing in long/short term.

Yawar Apr 20, 2014 09:33am

A shameful and cowardly act. But I do admit that I got tired of watching Capital Talk after seeing the same old topics , such as Baluchistan, missing persons and of course, Musharraf's trial, discussed by the same old unsophisticated and biased guests day after day after day.

Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee Apr 20, 2014 09:46am

Hamid Mir was attacked most probably for his principled and courageous disagreement with the un-elected self-appointed 'guardians' of the country on the Baloch and Balochistan issue. We the helpless Baloch can only pray for Hamid's quick recovery ... and thankfully and sincerely express our sympathy for his loved ones.

syed baqar ahsan Apr 20, 2014 09:46am

Army or ISI are well trained can't be that poor in killing some one of that stature if at all......Daily killing is the name of the game in Karachi who are the killer media knows well because reins free media beside awareness also bent upon to create divide in society on many lines.

Syed Asif Apr 20, 2014 10:37am

Asif Jeddah.

I have good wish to Hamid. Every.Every one is point to ISI. But.But i believe two thing. 1. if ISI done he will not be alive.because they know how to kill.2,the man who shot him he is cloth is baloch style and some one try to play double roll.Put the army in trouble and enjoy.people must understand.understand. Hamid case not done by pakistan force is done by baloch any Pakistan forces.also kindly think about india they play this type of roll in pakistan. I hope pakistan must understand this done by anti pakistan.One again i wish him to Mr Hamid for new life.

Ghalib Apr 20, 2014 10:44am

Frankly , speaking is Media not to be blamed for making these terrorist stronger, You all went against the the only person who had the guts to fight them. You kept silenced or even when you spoke you were very fast to print the terrorist view points and justifications when the weaker ones were killed.

The Media showed know this better then anybody else that there is no such thing as negative publicity.

Still wake-up unite and point out the negatives among your selves or your will also become just another statistics like thousand others

Fahad Apr 20, 2014 10:49am

@Frankenstine: The soldier that is in the front line deserves all the praise he gets , but issue is not him the culprits are the ones heading the institution and taking these innocent people into harms way ! , when Pakistan Army is being bashed rest assured no one is questioning that soldier who is following his orders but the commander in chief who is responsible for all the blood bath for their own personal gain , not even gain of the country but their personal gains :(

Hindustani Apr 20, 2014 11:43am

@Frankenstine: One thing please don't forget. He's not speaking against a regular soldier in the army who's earning a livelihood and serving the country. What he speaks about is the mindset of the decision makers in the armed forces who are and have been playing a double game and turn their own men into cannon fodder.... An Indian

Tariq Masud Apr 20, 2014 12:03pm

@Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee: Balochs are only supposed to remain loyal to their masters "The Sardars" never question them, never ask for their rights, and expect others to simply feed them and not to ask them to get up from their back side and do some productive work for once. Keep fighting with each other, keep killing each other, that is what you understand the meaning and reason for life.

Uza Syed Apr 20, 2014 12:53pm

@Ram: Listen mister if you support the terrorists called TTP, you might or might not be anti-government, but you sure are anti our State called Pakistan and we would consider you as such and would be justified in our rejection of you no matter who you are and no matter what your other views and loyalties are, to be one of us you have to be pro-Pakistan. Period.

Dawood Apr 20, 2014 12:54pm

Pakistani media is corrupt to the nth degree. A lot of so called big name anchors are traitors they would make Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq look like children. To hide there identities and to destroy Pakistan they will use any and all means to accomplish there goal. Only functioning institution left in Pakistan is that of Army. They are hell bent on destroying it too, but it wont work. Hamid Mir must be a magician or fortune teller that he can tell in advance who is going to kill him. If he was so sure of it why didn't he go to the court or brought the evidence out in public? This sounds like a sinister plot by Jang and there cronies desperate to sell some news paper. Again if you are so sure bring the evidence out, other wise shut up.

Sak Apr 20, 2014 01:05pm

If IsI plant a bomb in your car you just dont happen to find it. If ISI shoots at you nine times they dont miss. Hamid Mir and his employers have always worked towards a foreign countries goal of destroying our last defence.

Haroon Rashid Apr 20, 2014 01:48pm

How do you know who did it? Pointing it out to agencies or the like is pointless. Please, I beg of you, do not jump to conclusion. As a professional, you should strive to make it happen - raise your voice so that a fair investigation takes place, offenders are arrested and justice is served. At the end, why the hue and cry when a fellow colleague gets hurt? People die on the streets of Karachi in numbers and there isn't a single voice.

nazar Rizvi Apr 20, 2014 02:08pm

We all heard this painful news and very sad and condemn this brutal attack on him and ask the higher authority to do not let loose these culprits on the road. we pray for his speedy recovery.

Ram Apr 20, 2014 03:25pm

@Uza Syed: I am extremely sorry if I had offended you. My point was people are divided in this world and everyone have their own point of view sometimes their point of view my be opposite to one and other and they hold on to their points of view strongly so that they may lead to confrontation. I am too against terrorists like you. I feel that people become terrorist due to wrong upbringing, lack of education and poverty. Sorry if I had hurt you please don't mistake me, apologies 1000 times. :)

Ankur Apr 20, 2014 03:33pm

@dr zahoor: You have given all the reasons why you think he should have been shot and then you wish him speedy recovery. What hypocrisy!

What's wrong with you guys?!!

A journalist's job is to air opinions, whether or not you think they are biased. The same holds true for all citizens. Violence can never be condoned for muzzling one's opinions

Advocate and use violence against those who do not allow people freedom of expression (a.k.a terrorists). Do it with the single minded devotion that you have for your religion. Your country will certainly become a much better place.

Bunny Singh Apr 20, 2014 03:35pm

ARY has already started raising the finger at the malicious agenda of India behind the shooting even though Hamid Mir had made it clear to everyone that ISI was after him. Its always someone else to blame for anything that happens in Pakistan and never Pakistanis themselves.

Danish Apr 20, 2014 03:48pm

The attack on HM is and will always be condemned. However the stance which Geo tv took by directly criticizing (infact pointing finger towards, if im not wrong) towards ISI was like an act of traitor and the baseless way of this shameless reporting reminded me of the mumbai attacks on which the Indian media took sort of same stance against Pak, and blaming the whole game on Pak within hours on incident.. The army is already facing war situation and giving sacrifices and fighting terrorists and helping people in need whether in Thar or any other place in Pak.. blaming national instituion is very shameful and in this also needs condemnation on a powerful platform

Ashraf fazal Apr 20, 2014 03:49pm

I hope he recovers fully. But he is a born lair .

santosh Apr 20, 2014 04:23pm

@Haroon Rashid:

Pakistan has been making investigations since the last 67 yrs and then, the reports are kept classified in NATIONAL INTEREST...

Ajamal Apr 20, 2014 04:27pm

Attack on Hamid Mir will be thoroughly investigated, culprits arrested and given exemplary sentence by our independent judiciary. However strong, those responsible will not be spared.


Rizwan Apr 20, 2014 04:55pm

Geo News is doing politics by their our; not even accepting the laws and regulations of the beloved country. I believe that Institutions are not doing their desired jobs but it does't mean that you can say any thing about them. ISI is everything for Us, we are beneficiaries of this; then way this type of harsh attitude which our hostile media is showing. You are on the map of the World because of ISI, not because of "Aman ke Asha". Our Government should take concrete steps to curb this type of mentality. If we have to live with honor we will have to respect of Arm forces. Mr. Hamid Mir is puny character; main characters should be unveiled.

Bkh Apr 20, 2014 05:42pm

Take notice all thinking classes of the society are being eroded by the anti social forces to take it 1500 years back in time like the" Superman TV Series"

No Society would survive without the thinking classes in it. they are the back bone of it.

Faisal naveed Apr 20, 2014 05:49pm

@TAM: Nobody is unbiased. All humans have viewpoint. These journalists are not machines. They hve to take sides depends on what they think is right. If you don't like his views doesn't mean you have the right to kill him.

arif Apr 20, 2014 06:18pm

@Syed Ahmed:

His brother is right.

arif Apr 20, 2014 06:19pm

@Ali Hassan Bhatti:

Are you saying that Modi is behind this? I would not be surprised.

muhammad rashid Apr 20, 2014 06:51pm

yesterday after attacked on Hamid Mir i feel thats sumone attacked on me , i and same others friends comments on social media thats God give them health and we are with hamid but after the Aaamir Mir brother of Hamid Mir interview on Geo tv and geo tv direct attack on ISI and Pakistan army my mind is totely changed why they attacked on ISI and pakistan army?

we condmn on attacked but we are pakistani people never accept thats any person or channel attack on ISI and Pakistan army

Rustam Apr 20, 2014 06:55pm

Any one who does not like pakistan army , pakistan deserved to be killed . no matter if they are taliban or Mir sadiq like people (Hamid Mir)

muhammad rashid Apr 20, 2014 06:55pm

@Tehsin: great i m agree with u thi is the voice of pakistani young generation

Naseer Apr 20, 2014 07:19pm

We strongly condemn the attack on Hamid Mir. However blaming ISI and our armed forces is absolutely wrong. Once again Pakistan's enemies want to settle personal scores by blaming army. They are the same people who blamed President Musharraf for Benazir's murder. Instead of going after the people who actually did it, they kept on blaming President Musharraf for poor security. With the same argument Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is responsible for the attack on Hamid Mir and thousands of other Pakistanis due to poor security.

Ahmed Apr 20, 2014 08:22pm

@Ram: You spoke it best for majority of us...Good to see a wise post.

Parvez Apr 20, 2014 10:46pm

@Ganga Din: Absolutely correct........but it it would depend on who draws the line.

Concerned one Apr 20, 2014 11:41pm

@Syed Ahmed: I think it is the other way around!

IKE Apr 21, 2014 02:08am

Check out History: Qaid-e-Azam residency was burned to the ground and within minutes Geo TV was telling us that it was ISI. Few days later BLA issued a video and took responsibility. You go figure.

Dr. Malek Towghi /Tauqee Apr 21, 2014 04:10am

@syed baqar ahsan: So, Syed Saahib, are you saying Hamid Mir was telling lies when he informed his brother, Amir Mir, that ........ ..... wants to get him (Hamid Mir) killed ?

Waseem Apr 21, 2014 05:03am

Hamid Mir's brother has accused the ISI and Army. ISI and Army won't indulge in such a petty thing. They have a major trans-frontier role to play to protect Pakistan

El Cid Apr 21, 2014 08:21am

Mr. Zarrar Khuhro you write well. Sir, don't be so despondent. Take necessary precautions. Investigate, dig away. Do the right thing. Be fair. Be just. Be brave.

That time is fixed. That which is given...use it well. Be true to yourself.

The fear will evaporate...

El Cid Apr 21, 2014 08:26am

Stop playing games. Dictator Pervez Musharraf's cases, all of them, specially Article6, should be put on a fast track. Done with on a priority bases... most of the motivation to create social turmoil and fear mongering will go away.

El Cid Apr 21, 2014 08:46am

@Ram: people become terrorist due to wrong upbringing, lack of education and poverty

So poor uneducated people who were not brought up well are terrorists or potential terrorists !

Gud one !!

Jamil Ahmed Apr 21, 2014 10:01am

Hamid Mir is a very biased journalist

khanm Apr 21, 2014 10:16am

@dr zahoor: He is a paid a soldier for Shareef brothers... Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that Pakistan politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long. it has not even spared our journalist....the proof look at their life style...

Pakistani Apr 21, 2014 10:18am

He is involved in so many anti state activity and which may include targeting the army. Pakistan is the only country in which they are openly targeting army and rest of the world supporting their army because they know that Army is the only department who protect them from invasion and they smartly by solving problem privately and not make it public. It is our media who is the greatest gangster of our country and first we asked GEO to pay their taxes before talk about rules and regulations and they didn't pay taxes for last 15 years and pointing figures on others. For Hamed Mir get well soon.

khanm Apr 21, 2014 10:20am

@Noreen Shams: Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. which i think you did it quite well...

khanm Apr 21, 2014 10:23am

@dr zahoor: The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses they have to have morals or else they will become monsters...

khanm Apr 21, 2014 10:25am

@Agha Ata: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt that is the choice he has to make...

Nadia Naeem Apr 21, 2014 10:27am

Superb said...

khanm Apr 21, 2014 10:33am

@Parvez: Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared. Let us see what Mr.Mir is made of.

khanm Apr 21, 2014 10:37am

@Man from UNCLE: Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen. who do you trust in Pakistan... just no one

ali Apr 21, 2014 11:22am

@IKE: I wish Hamid Mir gets well soon. However, I have no doubt that he is a bias man. Geo should be banned forever. They have their interest in every story that they run. We are all proud of our Army. The sacrifices that they have made, 100 generations of Hamid Mir cannot match them.

Feroz Apr 21, 2014 11:24am

Many more journalists will have to give up their life in the line of duty. Media is a very powerful tool if used for good purpose. For a change why does not the Media encourage Investigative Journalism, more so when there own flock is being slaughtered like sheep ? It has the resources and manpower to do their own investigation and put facts before the citizenry.

Taimur Apr 21, 2014 11:49am

We cannot forget the voice recording ( boradcasted on TV channels ) of Hamid Mir in which he was inciting Punjabi Taliban against a particular minority sect. Now he himself is attacked.

So the moral lesson is if you will incite hatred against others you will also be not spared in the end. If you will set others homes on fire it will reach your home. So let people live in peace and harmony.Terrorists cannot be your friends even if you spend your lives sponsoring and propagating their views.

Lalit Sharma Apr 21, 2014 12:19pm

Now this is the part of their life(Pakistan). I wonder no one coming out on the roads

Parvez Apr 21, 2014 01:24pm

@khanm: Hamid Mir has bullets in his body........and yet you question what he's made of ??

zak Apr 21, 2014 01:41pm

@Hindustani: The Decision makers in our army are protecting us from the mindset of your army with the likes of Colonel Rohit and leaders like Modi. And we thank them for it Salute to the Armed forces of Pakistan-A Pakistani.

Usman Ansari Apr 21, 2014 01:55pm

Meh...he's not a particularly good journalist. While no one should be killed for their viewpoints, he's not exactly a loss to the news viewers.

hina Apr 21, 2014 02:20pm

I Pray for a very quick recovery for you dear Mir . but i wish i could ever dare to trust any of you ... (A biased TV Journalist and ISI so called intelligence agency)

Raman Apr 21, 2014 04:15pm

@Uza Syed: With your mindset there is no hope of peace for sure in Pakistan or anywhere else. Peace does not come from surrendering one's identity before someone who does not have capacity to listen.

Fakhar M Apr 21, 2014 04:56pm

I regret for what happened. But I am also surprised that the stage was set and people were diligent to talk according to script given to them a race that nobody steals the glory of maligning ISI before me. The incident must be investigated but truth should not be the monopoly of GEO news.

Shahzad Ahmed Apr 21, 2014 05:20pm

@Faisal naveed: A journalist duty is to explore and explain not to give judgement. It should better be left to people to decide.

Shahzad Ahmed Apr 21, 2014 05:36pm

Most Pakistanis agree that HM is a biased journalist clearly leaning to PML-N as his benefactor channal The Geo who in turn leans heavily to India Amn Ki Asha blah, blah, blah. This is foreign office stuff guys which cannot be seen in isolation without approval of Pakistan's security establishment which I fully endorse since they are the people who sacrifice their lives. Geo very cunningly distanced itself from HM attack saying whatever he said was his personal opinion and not the Geo's. Otherwise by this time Army tanks would have been in their studio rooms. Long Live Pakistan Army.

Man from UNCLE Apr 21, 2014 06:43pm


He is one of the talking heads on TV. To believe or not to believe is up to the person watching his show. For you to say that in your belief he is a liar therefore the attack on him is justified is wrong. I don't even watch these shows but I have seen some in the past and I can say he has substantiated most of his talking points.

khanm Apr 21, 2014 06:52pm

@krishan: An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. i think it should be in our constitution to bear arm...if criminals are armed to teeth why not decent civilians as well...

Man from UNCLE Apr 21, 2014 07:07pm

All of you who think that since Mir was biased therefore he had it coming then listen up..........this is the very reason Pakistan is in an eternal hell. Mir is a talking head whose opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. Sometimes these talking heads have to make it provocative to make the show sensationalizing. If one does not like what one hears then simply switch the channel. Don't go out and skin those whom you don't like or don't agree with.

Man from UNCLE Apr 21, 2014 07:49pm

@Shahzad Ahmed:

Give me one reason why you like the army so much. It's a job and they are suppose to do it and your tax money is paying for it. How about.......very few and far in between good citizens of Pakistan ...Zinda Baaaaad.

Babur Ali Khan Apr 21, 2014 11:58pm

Mr Mir has not only revealed the behind the scene truth that no one else saw but he also campaigned to get attention to the plight of common people. And when he saw that no one in the circles of power seemed interested he took it upon himself to bring forth the solutions to problems plaguing Pakistan. He discovered engineer Agha Waqar and did no more that 3 programs to try to get this country out of energy crisis. Unfortunately the powerful wanted to crush the idea. It is not surprising that the Engineer Waqar, who did not take a peny of public money, is in jail and Mr Mir in hospital. I remember that in that program it clearly emerged that all previous scientists and engineers who had tried to drive can from water were mysteriously killed. So it wont surprise me of Mr Mir who took on and threatened the whole oil kingdom was targeted because of this. I salute Mr Mir for his deep research and professionalism and for standing for truth.

U ahmed Apr 22, 2014 02:44am

Attack on anyone is a shameful act. Islam categorically describes killing of one person as if one has killed the whole humanity. However, this attacked has also highlighted the extreme views of Hamid Mir and his family member against Pakistan and its military. In the western media he is famously known as someone who is anti-army and regularly criticises the armed forces. A fact no one can deny. You can search any press and media outlet for his views and how he is portrayed. Any one with such hate for their country's military should be tried as a traitor, or at least there should be an inquiry and strong warning from the government. But we all know the current government is also afraid of military and will support individuals such as Hamid Mir. Geo is pro-PML(N) channel. Many who have left Geo and have sought refuge in west are now speaking out.

I am convinced that the attack is not staged. Hamid Mir is not brave enough to stage such a risky act. Anti Military elements whoever they are know that targetting him will bring bad name to military. Military is not naive to do such a thing and play into the hands of its enemies. Our military is much more intelligent than these so called journalists. Long live Pakistan

thetruthman Apr 22, 2014 04:30am

AND truth is

No, silly, it

Abdul Qadir Hashmi Apr 22, 2014 10:05am

@Man from UNCLE: not only him, even i love pak army ... but can you tell me why you dont like them. let me tell you the reason of our love toward army in one line ... at least they dont only come on t.v for 1 or 2 hours to bark on corrupt politician and injustice happening around us .... they are actually there to help us we are sleeping peace fully daily in our houses only because of the forces like ISI and PAK army .... PAK army zindabad pakistan paindabad....

khanm Apr 22, 2014 11:55am

@Feroz: in Pakistan history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people including our journalists... If media would have raised their concerns about those Media personnel died in vain, Hamid Mir might not have encountered that sad incident

Muhammed Ali Apr 22, 2014 02:53pm

I am not a fan, but i hope he gets well soon.

winston Apr 22, 2014 04:36pm

@Ram: If you support Modi, you approve of killings of minorities in India, Modi is a threat to world peace.

winston Apr 22, 2014 04:37pm

@nazar Rizvi: Is this Naazaar

i4ni Apr 22, 2014 04:52pm


Shahzad Ahmed Apr 22, 2014 05:18pm

@Man from UNCLE: This is the only employment which involves mortal danger, money is not the primary motive to join Army.They are the guardians of territorial and ideological frontiers of Pakistan. They ensure that we pakistanis live according to our socio-religious value systems since state does not provide such assurances therefore people look towards army.

Shahzad Ahmed Apr 22, 2014 05:30pm

@khanm: Thats why Nawaz Sharif yesterday came to see him in Karachi. usually he does't bother who gets killed every day in his kingdom. All the kings men

AHA Apr 22, 2014 08:04pm

"You have the right to remain silent".


Finally, I have come across a right that I, as a Pakistani, am entitled to.