The Raza Rumi Assasination Attempt: ‘When I Heard the Sounds of Bullets, I Knew They Had Come for Me’

 

 

Ronald Jackson Global Perspective

By Qurratulain Zaman

Well-known Pakistani blogger, influential Twitter user and TV host Raza Rumi was attacked on March 28 in Lahore on his way home by a spray of gunfire. Although Rumi escaped with only a minor injury, his 25-year old driver was killed. His guard was also seriously injured.

Rumi, a one-time contributor to Global Voices, was on the Taliban’s hit list because he opposed the government’s peace talks with the militant group and his moderate views were taken as anti-Islamic.
Global Voices recently talked with Rumi about the terrifying experience and the precarious situation of journalists in Pakistan. Continue reading

Canada taking right position on Pakistan

April 23rd, 2014

By Tarak Fatah

Lilley’s Pad

The letter by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was refreshing in its lucidity and demonstrated clarity, not common in this era of political correctness, where ambiguity passes for diplomatic-speak.

He wrote to a group of exiled Baloch students in Europe:

“We are concerned about reports of forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Pakistan’s Balochistan province … Canada strongly condemns acts of persecution on the basis of ethnicity or religion and shares international concerns about the treatment of Pakistani minorities, including the Baloch.” Continue reading

Pakistani Journalists Live Dangerously If They Cross The Line

NPR

Steve Inskeep talks to Raza Rumi, editor of the Pakistani newspaper Friday Times, about the rise in attacks against journalists. Rumi fled Pakistan after surviving an assassination attempt last month.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A man came by our studios this week who cannot go home. He is known by the name Raza Rumi. He’s a writer and television host in Pakistan – or at least he was until gunmen opened fire on his car. And now he’s staying outside Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Quotable Quotes

The Clarion Project

“Pakistan has turned into a society where even an allegation of blasphemy is enough to sentence and burn people.”

– Raza Rumi
Author, consulting editor for The Friday Times

Pakistani Journalist Raza Rumi Shot At in Lahore

28 March, 2014 Outlook India Noted Pakistani columnist, political commentator and TV anchor Raza Rumi was today fired at in Lahore. Raza Ahmed, popularly known as Raza Rumi, was injured in the attack along with his guard and driver. The incident took place near Raja Market on Ferozpur Road. According to TV reports, Rumi escaped with a minor injury and managed to shift his guard and driver to the hospital in critical condition. However, his driver succumbed to his injuries. The guard’s condition is also said to be critical. Rumi tweeted about the accident on Twitter:

Pakistan journalists protest attack on Raza Rumi

28 March, 2014

World News

A week after Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said he wanted to make Pakistan a journalist-friendly country, there was a targeted attack on anchorperson and columnist Raza Rumi in Lahore on Friday night, which killed his driver. Various journalists’ groups protested the attack including the National Press Club ofIslamabad and Rawalpindi (NPC), the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists. At the modest gathering outside the National Press Club, journalists condemned the attack and said the government had failed in its duty to protect journalists. Shehryar Khan,more

Raza Rumi leaves Pakistan ‘for a number of months’ after being attacked

25 June, 2014

News Duet

Islamabad: Senior Pakistani analyst and writer Raza Rumi, who was shot at allegedly by means of sectarian extremist staff Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), has left the united states “for just a few months”.

Rumi, a vocal critic of the Taliban and non secular extremists teams, was shot at in Lahore on March 28 wherein his driver was killed and a shield was once injured. Continue reading