Islamabad - Hamid Mir, a Pakistani journalist and
well-known talk show host, was shot at by unknown gunmen in the southern port
city of Karachi, police said.
Mir hosts the popular Capital Talk show on Geo TV, which
said that gunmen fired at him with automatic weapons.
He suffered three gunshot wounds and was being treated in
hospital. This was the second attempt on his life.
In 2012, a bomb was recovered from his car.
Mir is seen as a critic of Pakistan's powerful security
institutions, including the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy
Geo TV reported that Mir had informed the government and
close friends that ISI and its chief would be responsible for any attempt on
Global media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders
said in its annual report released in February that Pakistan is one of the
world's most dangerous places for journalists.
In March, Raza Rumi, of the private Express TV, was
targeted in the eastern city of Lahore.
The journalist, who frequently criticises the Taliban,
survived but his driver was killed and a security guard was wounded.