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One injured in attack on media van in Karachi

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Unidentified gunmen today attacked the van of a prominent media house here injuring one person and triggering angry protests over frequent attacks on journalists in Pakistan that remains one of the most dangerous place for reporters.

Four motorcycle-borne gunmen fired straight shots at the DawnNews Digital Satellite Gathering (DSNG) van in the Essa Nagri area, leaving a technician severely injured.

Sindh home minister Suhail Anwar Siyal said that the Chief Minister has ordered a probe into the attack which took place last night.

The attackers opened fire on the van from the left side and took us by surprise, Cameraman Umar Shah who was in the van said.

The attackers managed to carry out the attack and flee successfully.

Footage from the scene of the attack showed multiple bullets had penetrated the vehicle.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President Rana Azeem announced a countrywide protest against what he called 'an attack on journalism', while other senior journalists and anchors said the government was failing in its duty to provide a secure environment to the media to carry out its duties without fear.

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid condemned the incident, terming it an attack on "freedom of expression".

This is the third such incident in Karachi this year.

Just two months ago, DSNG van of Geo was fired upon in Bahadurabad area in which one technical engineer was killed while earlier a reporter of a television channel was killed by unknown men outside his house.

Last year attackers also opened fire on a parked DSNG of Express in Nazimabad killing two technicians and the driver.

Pakistan was termed the most dangerous country for journalists in the world in 2014 by International Federation of Journalists.

As many as 14 journalists were killed in the country last year.

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First Published: Sat, November 28 2015. 23:02 IST