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Pak journalist survives gun attack

KARACHI, April 20, (AFP): Unknown gunmen on motorbikes opened fire at a prominent Pakistani television anchor on a busy road in the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday, officials said.

Hamid Mir, who hosts a popular talk show on Pakistan’s Geo News channel, was travelling to his office from the airport when his car came under attack, senior police official Peer Muhammad Shah told AFP. “Four gunmen riding on motorbikes started firing at the car near Karsaz (east of the city) when Mir’s car was passing through, he received three bullets in the lower parts of his body,” Shah said.

Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat confirmed the incident. “Hamid Mir has received three bullets but the doctors told me that he is out of danger,” Hayat told AFP. Geo’s Islamabad bureau chief Rana Jawad said he had talked briefly to Mir on his mobile phone as he was under attack. “I spoke to him briefly when he was escaping, he said they have shot him and now they were following him,” Jawad told AFP. “He has been shot thrice, in the pelvic (area), abdomen and thighs,” he added.

Mir has long been a critic of the country’s powerful intelligence agencies and military for their alleged role in the disappearance of thousands of people in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan

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