Senior journalist and GeoNews anchorperson Hamid Mir was declared stable after doctors at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) took out three of the six bullets during a successful surgery.
His younger brother Faisal Mir, who was sitting outside his room in the private wing, told the media that as soon as the anchorperson woke up he inquired about “his guard, Daulat Khan, and driver”.
He said he was sedated at the moment because of the pain in his abdomen, but he was recovering in a stable manner. “As for the remaining three bullets, the doctors have said it is better to leave them inside the body because taking them out at the moment will complicate his health.”
According to Faisal Mir, the doctors said that “at least three major surgeries are required though he is stable”.
Hamid Mir was visiting the city to run a transmission on peace talks with the Taliban, his team members said. But he ended up becoming news himself, said one of them.
Mir’s car was chased by armed men on two motorbikes and a car on Saturday after it made a turn from the main airport road. According to his media team, the men chased Mir’s car till it reached the hospital. In an incredibly fortunate turn of events, a van belonging to a money-changer was at the back of Mir’s car and thought the armed men were after them, prompting the van guards to shoot in the air which caused the as yet unknown assailants to disperse.
A Geo official said the gunmen first shot at the driver but it hit side panel of the car. On hearing the first shot, Mir asked the driver to speed up the car while he made a phone call to a crime reporter at Geo, informing him about the incident.
While shooting in the air guard Daulat Khan put one of his hands on Mir’s wounds to stop the profuse bleeding. The driver, in the meanwhile, took the wrong side of the main Karsaz Road to reach the hospital.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has stated that an FIR will be filed after consultation with Mr. Mir and his family.