Pak journalist escapes bid on life

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 11:26 hrs

Islamabad: A Pakistani journalist and TV anchor had a narrow escape on Monday when explosives were found attached under his car here in the Pakistani capital, media reports said.

Hamid Mir, a senior anchor in Geo TV, was returning home from a market in Islamabad when his neighbour's driver spotted a suspicious bag underneath Mir's car.

A bomb disposal squad was immediately called and they successfully defused the bomb containing around half a kilogram of explosive material, Geo News reported.

The explosive material included a battery, a detonator and ball bearings.

Last year, Mir revealed that he had been receiving death threats.

Micro−blogging website Twitter was abuzz with condemnation against the assassination attempt.

Noted Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney wrote on Twitter: "Strongly condemn targeted attempt on Hamid Mir life by planting heavy explosive under his car (sic)."

Umar Cheema, an investigative journalist at The News, wrote: Stay safe @HamidMirGeo. You're precious, I told you every time... you're the bravest journalist I have seen in my life. But please remember it is important to STAY ALIVE to FIGHT.... HamidMirGeo fought for all, even those fighting each others. We have to jealously guard you my friend. Brave like you aren't born everyday."

Fiza Batool Gilani, Pakistan's goodwill ambassador for women's empowerment, wrote: "Strongly condemn the cowardly attempt on life of @HamidMirGEO. May Allah be with you. Stay strong & steadfast!"

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