Pakistani journalist attacked in Lahore; driver killed

Pakistani journalist attacked in Lahore; driver killed

Pakistani journalist attacked in Lahore; driver killed

Written by Bella Dalima

29 Mar, 2014 | 9:46 am

Unknown gunmen on Friday opened fire at the car of a prominent Pakistani television anchor known for his outspoken views against the Taliban, killing his driver and injuring his bodyguard.

Raza Rumi was returning home from the Express Television office when his car came under fire from gunmen on two motorcycles in the eastern city of Lahore, police chief Chaudhry Shafique said.

Rumi’s driver Muhammed Mustafa, 25, died of his wounds while the attack also injured a bodyguard. Rumi, who is in his early forties, himself escaped with only minor injuries.

“It was a targeted attack,” said Shafique, adding that police found 11 empty bullet casings near the scene.

Rumi said he was distraught over Mustafa’s killing, whom he described as “innocent” and a breadwinner for ten other family members.

“God has saved me. I just heard the… bullets when we took a turn near Raja Market and put my head down,” he told AFP, adding his bodyguard leapt to save him.

The attack, which sent shock waves through Pakistan’s media industry, comes as Pakistan has been holding peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending their bloody seven-year insurgency.

Amnesty International’s Pakistan researcher Mustafa Qadri said: “Raza’s case is a sad reminder of the threats faced by journalists like him who are promoting human rights and understanding in Pakistan.

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