Islamabad: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the responsibility of a failed attempt to kill Hamid Mir on Monday who is considered Pakistan’s best television anchor works with a largest media channel Geo News.
Hamis mir is the only Pakistani journalist who interviewed late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden more than twice. it is said that Hamid Mir is one of among those who often criticizes the security agencies on the issue of missing persons especially from Baluchistan province.
A top ranked journalist who is considered very close to jihadi organizations of Kashmir and many times he invited kashmiri leaders like united jihad council chairman Syed Salahudin, former Harkat-ul-Mujahideen chief Maulana Fazal u Rehman halil and founder of Lashkar Taiba hafiz saeed in his Geo TV programme capital talk.
The Taliban threatened Hamid Mir and other journalists for their coverage of the militants’ shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last month.
In a phone call to the BBC Urdu service, a Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan
said they would target Hamid Mir and other journalists in the future. He said Hamid Mir was promoting secular values, and criticizing the Taliban.
“We have advised journalists to be moderate,” the spokesman said. “If they don’t understand our advice, we send our explosives or suicide bombers.”
Hamid Mir has spoken of receiving other threats in the past, some from Pakistan’s powerful security agencies, the BBC’s Orla Guerin in Islamabad reports.
Police said the device – half a kilogram of explosives fitted with a detonator – was found stuck under his car in Islamabad on Monday. Interior Minister Rehman Malik offered a cash reward of 50 million rupees ($500,000) for anyone with information about who was responsible for the powerful bomb.
Pakistan was recently ranked the deadliest country in the world for journalists – for the second year running – by the press freedom group Reporters without Borders