‘Hamid Mir stable, conscious’

Journalists protest against shooting

KARACHI – A leading journalist and TV anchor who was shot three times in an attack in Karachi is conscious and in a stable condition, his hospital said on Monday.

Hamid Mir, who hosts a prime-time current affairs talk show on the Geo News channel, was attacked on Saturday while travelling by car to his office from the airport in Karachi. The government has announced a special commission to investigate the attack and offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

A spokesman for Aga Khan University Hospital said Mir was conscious and stable. The shooting came less than a month after gunmen tried to murder another journalist Raza Rumi. Mir has survived previous attempts on his life including a bomb under his car last year which police defused before it could go off.

Imran Aslam, the president of Geo, said Mir himself would lodge the official police complaint about the attack as soon as he is able. "We are waiting for Hamid's early recovery so that he could himself lodge the FIR,” Aslam told AFP. He said Mir's condition was stable but he was not in a position to lodge the FIR.

Journalists held rallies on Monday in Islamabad and Karachi to protest against Mir's shooting. "We are here to show that whatever the outcome is, we are with him, and we want to go to the very end of this matter and bring the culprits to justice," said Aaj TV presenter Mushtaq Manhaz at the protest in Islamabad.

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