Hamid Mir has apparently been attacked on his way to Geo’s Karachi studios from the airport. Unidentified gunmen followed his vehicle and opened fire on it, hitting Mir and injuring him. Unidentified because at the time of writing, nobody has been caught in the two hours since the incident, nor has any evidence been recorded by the law enforcement authorities.
That hasn’t stopped GEO TV, Mir’s parent organisation from launching an unprecedented campaign against Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI. Calling for the immediate resignation of the ISI Chief Zaheel ul Islam, Geo reports that Hamid Mir had informed colleagues that he was aware of an ISI plot to assasinate him.
No evidence has been provided ofcourse but that hasn’t stopped GEO from plastering the chief’s photo permanently on their special bulletin reporting the attack on Mir, and dragging known journalists such as Imtiaz Alam, Ansar Abbasi, as well as Mir’s brother Amir Mir who has been extremely blunt in his assessment of the incident, declaring the ISI to be enemies of Pakistan and supporters of terrorism.
Even as we’re used to seeing the Indian media point a finger at the ISI at the smallest incident on that side of the border and within record time, Geo’s campaign against the ISI is unprecedented in Pakistan by a Pakistani media house and designed to harm the national standing and interests of a key national institution, members of which have laid downtheir lives defending this nation from internal and external enemies.
PKKH condemns the attack on Mir and calls for a full investigation. At the same time, we feel the need to stop media from damaging national institutions is paramount. Geo’s reporting today has been criminal and if no action is taken to investigate and bring it to task, Pakistan will continue to suffer.
With great freedom comes great responsibility. Geo has proven itself unworthy of the privilege to straddle our airwaves and shape opinions in this country, time and time again. Particularly if these opinions are designed to undermine national institutions and gain political mileage from tragedies and incidents, rather than cold hard facts.