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Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi attacked

An attack on noted columnist and TV anchor Raza Rumi led to the unfortunate death of his driver Mustafa on Friday evening. Raza Ahmed, popularly known as Raza Rumi, was injured in an attack along with his guard and driver near Raja Market.

Senior Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi was on Frinday attacked in Lahore. Unidentified gunmen fired on Rumi's car near the Raja Market neighborhood after he left the studio following his TV show. Rumi and his guard were injured, according to news reports. The driver, who succumbed to his injuries, was identified only as Mustafa in reports.

"We condemn this senseless violence against brave journalists like Raza Rumi, and mourn the loss of his driver," said Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) Asia Programme Coordinator Bob Dietz. "Critical journalists continue to face enormous risks in Pakistan."

Rumi is an editor for The Friday Times and an anchor for the news show "Khabar Se Agay" on Express News, and is very active on social media. He often comments on politics, culture, and extremism in Pakistan. Earlier this year, three Express Media Group media workers were killed by gunmen in Karachi. This would mark the fourth attack on Express staff members in recent months.

This month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to a visiting CPJ delegation to take several steps to improve journalist security in the country.

Date posted: March 29, 2014 Last modified: May 12, 2018 Total views: 142