Bomb plot survivor Hamid Mir says Taliban can't stop him from speaking truth

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 06:30 hrs

Senior Pakistani journalist and television anchor, Hamid Mir, who escaped an assassination bid when police defused a bomb planted under his car in Islamabad, has said that the Taliban cannot deter him or his channel from speaking the truth.

"It's a message to me as well as Geo (television) and the journalist community in Pakistan. They want to stop us from speaking the truth but I want to tell them that we will not be deterred," the New York Daily News quoted Mir, as saying.

According to city police chief Bani Amin, the device in a metal box was found stuck under the front passenger seat of Mir's car.

"It was in a tin box, there was half a kilo of explosives fitted with detonator," Amin said.

Mir, who hosts the Capital Talk evening show on Geo television and writes a column for newspaper Jang, was criticized by the Taliban last month in the wake of the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousufzai.

Intelligence officials said last month that an intercepted Taliban message suggested suicide bombers had been assigned to attack journalists, with Geo at the top of the list of targets because of their coverage of the Malala attack.

Taliban militants had shot Malala on October 9 while she was travelling back home from school in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley. She was attacked for speaking up against the terror outfit and for campaigning for girls' rights to go to school. She survived the attack and is now recuperating at a hospital in Birmingham, UK. (ANI)

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