Senior journalist Hamid Mir escapes bid on life
[Dawn] A senior Pak journalist and TV anchor escaped a bid on his life Monday when the bomb disposal squad defused a bomb planted under his car in Islamabad, police and his channel said.
Hamid Mir, a senior Geo TV anchor was returning to his house in the capital and the bomb was apparently planted when he stopped at a market, Geo News reported.
The bomb in a metal box was found stuck under the front passenger seat of Hamid Mir's car, city police chief Bani Amin said.
The bomb disposal squad was immediately called, who successfully defused the bomb containing half a kilogram of kaboom, Geo News reported.
"It was in a tin box, there was half a kilo of explosives fitted with detonator," Amin told Geo News.
Mir was criticised by the Pak Taliban last month in the wake of the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
Intelligence officials said last month that an intercepted Taliban message suggested jacket wallahs had been assigned to attack journalists, with Geo at the top of the list of targets because of their coverage of the Malala attack.
"It's a message to me as well as Geo and the journalist community in Pakistain," Mir told the television channel. "They want to stop us from speaking the truth but I want to tell them that we will not be deterred."
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-27