Senior journalist and former PEMRA chairman Absar Alam injured in an attack

Absar Alam got bullet injury and stated to be in a stable condition in hospital

Senior Pakistani journalist and former chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam was shot in Islamabad on Tuesday, the journalist said. The journalist said an unidentified man shot him and made a run for it.

According to police, Alam was shot in the stomach but is in a stable condition. Police added that the journalist was taking a walk in a park situated in the capital's F-11 area when an unidentified man came and shot him. Later, a video of the wounded journalist travelling in a car surfaced on social media. He can be heard saying he was walking outside his home when he was "shot by someone"." My message to those who shot me: I will not be intimidated," Alam adds.

In his statement to the police, the senior journalist said the man who shot him was likely 27 or 28 years old.

Alam said he was walking in a park near his house where the young man was also present. "The man was carrying a pistol and shot at me," he said.

The senior journalist said the suspect shot him on the right side of his stomach after which his friends took him to a hospital.

Soon after the shooting incident, the Islamabad police chief constituted a special team under the command of SSP Investigation to probe the matter from all aspects.

“The team has been directed to use all scientific and forensic methods to trace the accused involved in the incident,” it said in a tweet.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz assailed the attack, saying: “Silencing the voice of dissent is a cancer that has plagued this country for many years. Absar Alam Sahab is the latest victim of this cruel & barbaric crime.”

The spokesperson for the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) condemned the attack on Alam and demanded the culprits be immediately arrested and punished.

                                                             Web Desk

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