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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hamid Mir Attack from Media and Military Angle

KARACHI – After an attack on Hamid Mir at his Karachi arrival, a complicated game starts at various news channels.

Mir was attacked near Natha Khan Bridge, few kilometers away from Karachi airport, while he was on way to Geo News office, to which he belong to.

But surprising, and some analysts term painful, thing was that Geo kept on airing on a video in which Mir was saying the “ISI, the premier spy agency, will be response if something happened to him.”

That triggered a strong reaction with sympathy from all sides for the prominent journalists, who has a strong stand against national agencies.

A weird thing was that Express News, the rival TV channel of Geo Network, didn’t even bother to air on the news of attack. Instead it was focusing on arrival of Pervez Musharraf, former dictator, at Karachi.

But the repeated allegations on ISI sparked reaction from military ranks. General Asim Bajwa said that ISPR condemns the incident of firing on senior anchor Hamid Mir, prays for his well being and quick recovery.

He went on to saying “an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts. However raising allegations against ISI or head of ISI without any basis is highly regrettable and misleading.”

Mir, as per sources, is recovering after the attack, which left him severely injured.

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