LAHORE: Two unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on the car of a TV anchor of a private news channel, killing his driver and injuring his security guard on Friday.
Raza Rumi luckily remained safe in a deadly attack that took place near his office in Raja Market at around 8:50pm.
He had just completed his show and had left the studio when two unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle approached near his vehicle and opened fire.
Raza received some minor injuries, while his driver Mustafa and security guard Anwar Hussain received multiple bullet wounds. The injured persons were taken to a nearby hospital where Mustafa succumbed to his injuries. The condition of the security guard is said to be out of danger. Upon being informed, police and rescue teams reached the spot and started inquiry.
Raza Rumi told journalists that although he had not received any direct threat, he was reportedly on the hit list of some extremist organisations.
CCPO Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed and other police officers checked the crime scene and monitored investigation process.
The CCPO said it was too early to say which group was behind the attack, adding that the police had deployed personnel at the channel’s office after the authorities approached them for security.
He said that police had collected 11 empty shell and it seemed that the incident was a targeted attack. He added that two police teams had been constituted to probe the matter.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also taken notice of the attack and ordered the police officers to investigate the matter comprehensively. After the incidents, the Pakistan Union of Journalist (PFUJ) announced to hold a countrywide protest to show solidarity with the injured journalist.
The president, prime minister and other leaders of political and religious parties, journalist community, traders, lawyers, doctors and others strongly condemned this attack and demanded that the government arrest the culprits soon.
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