Geo News reporter attacked by armed persons in Hyderabad
Anwar Kamal, reporter of Pakistan’s leading private TV channel “Geo News” and his driver Nasim Ahmed received bullet injuries when unknown assailants opened fire on their vehicle in Hyderabad, Sindh province, on Saturday, July 24, 2010 night.
According to press report, Kamal was returning after coverage of a story on Dadu-Manchar Lake around 11pm (local time), when two persons opened indiscriminate fire on their vehicle in Thandi Sarak area of Hyderabad. Kamal and the driver Ahmed suffered bullet wounds.
Kamal told PPF a bullet hit Kamal’s left shoulder while another hit driver Ahmed’s hand while one bullet also hit the van. Kamal said, despite injury Ahmed did not stop and drove the van to Civil Hospital, where their condition was reported to be out of danger. Kamal believed that he was attacked because of his journalistic activities.
Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Rural Development Zubair Ahmed Khan, Media Coordinator of Sindh Chief Minister Aftab Ahmed Khanzada and a large number of working journalists rushed to the hospital and inquired about their well being.
A general body meeting of Hyderabad Press Club, presided over by Muhammad Hussain Khan, president condemned the attack on Geo News team and urged to media organizations to provide insurance cover for working journalists. Khan said they have also scheduled a protest rally on Tuesday, July 27, 2010.
The Hyderabad police have registered a case and further investigation is underway. Station House Officer Malik Riaz said the police were currently interrogating 10 suspects, who were detained after setting up pickets at various spots.
Source: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)