ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —A veteran Pakistani journalist who has been essential of the nation’s highly effective army institution was shot close to his house on Tuesday however survived, officers mentioned.
The capturing despatched a chill by way of Pakistan’s journalist neighborhood, which has come underneath withering stress from the army and its allies within the nation’s governing celebration.
The journalist, Absar Alam, who has additionally served because the chairman of the nation’s digital media regulatory authority, was wounded when he was shot throughout a night stroll at a park close to his residence in Islamabad on Tuesday. Officers mentioned Mr. Alam was in secure situation.
There was no instant declare of accountability for the assault. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the nation’s inside minister, mentioned he has ordered an investigation, and Fawad Chaudhry, the knowledge minister, condemned what he referred to as an assassination attempt.
In a video message quickly after the capturing, Mr. Alam mentioned he was hit within the ribs by a bullet, and mentioned he didn’t know the gunman. “I cannot lose hope and I’m not going to be deterred by such acts,” Mr. Alam mentioned within the video as he was being transported to a close-by hospital. “That is my message to the individuals who acquired me shot.”
Mr. Alam didn’t make any particular accusations about who could be behind the assault. However many journalists famous that simply two days earlier than, he posted tweets accusing the country’s powerful intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, of pressuring him in 2018 to characteristic essential protection of the earlier authorities, led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, or PML-N, celebration, throughout anti-government protests.
Mr. Alam has talked about threats in opposition to his life earlier than, and he’s considered as being sympathetic to the PML-N celebration, which has been essential of the army’s maintain on energy.
Assaults and threats in opposition to journalists have change into commonplace in Pakistan. Some of the notable assaults got here in 2014, when the influential speak present host Hamid Mir was shot and wounded in Karachi, in an assault his household blamed on the nation’s intelligence companies.
On Tuesday, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and a frontrunner inside the PML-N celebration, condemned the assault on Mr. Alam.
“Silencing the voice of dissent is a most cancers that has plagued this nation for a few years,” she mentioned in a Twitter publish. “Absar Alam Sahab is the most recent sufferer of this merciless & barbaric crime.”