TV anchor Hamid Mir escapes bomb placed under his car
27 November, 2012
ISLAMABAD: It could have been a close call for senior journalist Hamid Mir as explosives were found under his vehicle here on Monday.
Explosives were found placed under the car of the senior anchor of Geo News in Islamabad, about eight kilometres from his residence.
Mr Mir had visited Islamabad's F-7 area earlier Monday where it is suspected the explosives had been planted.
Mir's driver spotted an unknown black bag under the journalist's car; it was placed on the left side of the car's underbelly where Mr Mir usually sits.
The bomb disposal squad was called in; they removed the bag, only to find an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) packed in a tin case inside it.
They were able to successfully defuse the explosives; a number 33 detonator, ball bearings and a battery were recovered.
The explosives reportedly did not detonate due to faulty wiring. The vehicle has now been declared safe
IG Police Islamabad Bin Yameen talking to media said that explosive material recovered from journalist Hamid Mir's vehicle has been defused.
The IG said a detonator was attached to the explosive material. He said the matter is being investigated.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has strongly condemned the recovery of explosive material from the vehicle of eminent anchor person Hamid Mir.
Talking to the media persons at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad on Monday‚ he assured that full security will be provided to the journalists. He said the country is facing the acts of terrorism and journalists have also been the victim of them. We denounce this extremist mindset.
Hamid Mir said that this incident would not detter him from siding with the truth and would continue to raise his voice for justice and rights.