Pakistani TV journalist GEO News senior Hamid Mir shot at in Karachi, out of danger

Posted on Apr 19 2014 - 10:44pm by IBC News

Pakistan’s Geo News’ senior anchorperson Hamid Mir who was injured in an attack by gunmen in Karachi on Saturday, is now reported to have regained consciousness and is out of danger, a media report said.

The incident took place when four gunmen riding on two motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir’s vehicle as he was on his way from the airport to his Geo News office, Dawn online reported.

Mir received two gunshots and was immediately taken to hospital in an unconscious state.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the attack and expressed regret at the incident, IANS reported.

Messages of condemnation are circulating on social media as well.

Geo News Islamabad bureau chief, Rana Jawad said Hamid Mir spoke to him after being attacked and said that the gunmen were following him and continued to fire at the car.

The driver of the vehicle said that a single attacker had opened fire and had targeted Hamid Mir, Geo News reported.

Reacting to the news, PTI chief Imran Khan said on Twitter: “Shocked & saddened by attack on Hamid Mir in Karachi. Strongly condemn growing threats/attacks on journalists. Govt must ensure their safety.”

Journalist Mehr Tarar said on Twitter: “Very sorry to hear about Hamid Mir getting injured after being shot at.

Hope he is okay. Awful to have another journalist attacked. No ifs&buts. Shooting journalists is the most blatant way of curbing opposing voices. And the inability 2catch/punish culprits just enables it.