Columnist, anchor Raza Rumi attacked, driver loses life

29 March, 2014

The Dawn

Columnist and TV anchor Raza Rumi. -Dawn File Photo

An attack on noted columnist and TV anchor Raza Rumi led to the unfortunate death of his driver Mustafa on Friday evening.

Raza Ahmed, popularly known as Raza Rumi, was injured in an attack along with his guard and driver near Raja Market.

Rumi said he was distraught over his driver’s killing, whom he described as “innocent” and a breadwinner for 10 other family members.

“God has saved me. I just heard the… bullets when we took a turn near Raja Market and put my head down,” he told AFP, adding his bodyguard leapt to save him.

“Extremists want no counter narrative in the state that is why they are attacking alternative voices.”

Amnesty International’s Pakistan researcher Mustafa Qadri said: “Raza’s case is a sad reminder of the threats faced by journalists like him who are promoting human rights and understanding in Pakistan.

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