Notable Pakistani, columnist, TV anchor and blogger (also a Global Voices author) Raza Rumi was attacked by unidentified gunmen near Raja market on Ferozpur road in Lahore, Pakistan. At 8:55PM tonight he tweeted:
Was fired at near Raja Market. My driver is wounded. I was dreading this day
— Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) March 28, 2014
According to reports, Rumi escaped with a minor injury after unknown gunmen opened fire at his car and he managed to take the injured guard and driver to the hospital. His driver succumbed to his injuries and the guard is fighting for his life.
Netizens’ reactions are pouring in:
Strongly condemn attack on journalist,TV anchor @Razarumi a bold and courageous voice against bigotry and intolerance.
— Nafisa Shah (@ShahNafisa) March 28, 2014
liberal journalist Raza Rumi who opposes blasphemy law is shot at in Lahore, survives attack but his driver is killed http://t.co/Ig6i6CKaLE
— Ex-Muslims Forum (@CEMB_forum) March 28, 2014
Shocked & saddened by attack on Raza Rumi & death of his driver. Govt must provide proper security & bring killers 2 justice.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 28, 2014
The attack on Raza Rumi is an attack on freedom of expression and democracy. Policy of appeasement has emboldened the terrorist.
— zahid Hussain (@hidhussain) March 28, 2014