March 29 2014
Senior journalist and TV anchor Raza Rumi, working with Express News channel, escaped attempted target-killing on Friday (March 28, 2014) in what appears sequence of events targeting the country’s liberal media house since last year.
“With Friday evening attack on Raza Rumi we have no doubt that it was part of the campaign targeting Express media house for taking up issues concerning the public and defenders of human rights, freedom of press and freedom of expression,” Freedom Network [FN], Pakistan’s first media watchdog organization, said in press freedom alert on Saturday (March 29, 2014). Continue reading
March 30th, 2014
By Shivam Vij
A failed assassination attempt on noted Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi highlights the dangers of speaking frankly in Pakistan.
Yesterday evening in central Lahore, unidentified gunmen attacked the car of senior Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi, who was on his way home after co-hosting a TV show on the Express News TV channel. The gunmen sprayed the car with bullets, 11 of which hit Rumi’s 25-year-old driver, who succumbed to injuries. His guard is in a critical state. Rumi escaped miraculously unhurt but visibly shaken. “I was dreading this day,” he tweeted.
Rumi is a co-anchor on the channel’s daily show, Khabar Se Aagey, meaning “ahead of the news”. He is also an editor with The Friday Times, a senior fellow at the Jinnah Institute think-tank and a frequent visitor to India. His visits to Delhi gave him the material for a book on the city, Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller.
Some Photographs of Car shot by bullets and blood of the driver who died in the attack and Raza Rumi coming out of hospital after he was attacked.
Raza Rumi coming out of Hospital after he was attacked.
Bullets being shot at the Car of Raza Rumi
Blood of unfortunate driver Murtaza who died in the attack
The car hit the nearby electric poll when Raza Rumi was attacked. Crime Scene
March 28th, 2014
Pak Tea House
Our chief editor Raza Rumi has been attacked today. He has luckily survived the attack whereas his driver, a very young guy, could not make it.
This is a very serious incident and it highlights the deteriorating situation in Pakistan with respect to the safety of all those who are challenging the consistent erosion of freedom.
Our chief editor was attacked because he symbolises freedom and courage in a society which is spiraling rapidly into abyss. When they can not argue and win on the basis of rationale despite the fact that they get the space on media also, they resort to violence. And this violence is not bravery but cowardice. And this will continue unless we muster enough courage to put an end to this.
We hope that Government of Punjab takes serious steps to protect the media personnel and also ensure that the culprits in this case are apprehended.
We wish best of luck and health to our chief editor.
March 29th, 2014
Pak Tea House
It is nothing but a stroke of luck when you happen to meet and start working with your most favorite personality. The very idea that you are going to work with country’s prominent political analyst excites the imagination. It fills you with high spirits and you feel like the luckiest person on planet. I felt so, when I met and started working with Raza Rumi.
A day after I shared my profile, I found myself sitting across Raza Rumi, having kehwa and discussing how I could contribute to his bulging workload. Staring at him with almost static eyeballs, I expressed my earnest gratitude and determination for the given responsibilities. Continue reading
March 30th, 2014
Pak Tea House
Raza Habib Raja
Raza Rumi, whom I consider a good friend, elder brother and a mentor, was attacked two days ago. He survived whereas his young driver, Mustafa could not make it. When it happens to a person known well to you and to whom you owe a lot, the incident becomes personal at many levels.
Suddenly, you realize that words which are being written and spoken are not just a harmless exercise but entail life threatening consequences. And it also makes you realize that in this country- where ironically you are mocked at by titles like “Pseudo Liberal”, “Fake Liberal”, “Dollar Khor”, “Indian and US Agents”- you are always risking your life and despite the risk, continue to be mocked by our sick urban middleclass. Continue reading
Lahore, March 31: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm over a number of disturbing developments including the assault on journalist Raza Rumi and attacks on temples in Sindh and called these a new wave of intolerance.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Commission said: “HRCP has grave concerns over a number of recent incidents, including an attack on Raza Rumi in Lahore, a spate of assaults at Hindu temples, the most recent one being in Hyderabad, and the death sentence for Sawan Masih in a blasphemy case. Continue reading
Amir Abbas Turi
These are the ruthless terrorists who are heartless and do not spare even the humanity lovers and peace-preachers such as Raza Rumi. Callous inhumane terrorists are taking lives of innocent people in this Land of Pure – Pakistan – and Mustafa, Rumi’s martyred driver, is the latest addition to this episode. On the eve of Friday, merciless culprits showered bullets on this non-violent team in the streets of ‘Takht-e-Lahore’. Continue reading
April 18th, 2014
Pak Tea House
In Pakistan, it is said that discourse is dominated by one kind of narrative. That narrative is primarily right wing in its orientation and is characterized by fusion of religion and ultra nationalism and is further supplemented by hatred and deep mistrust of the outside world.
Countering such narrative is essential if we have to get out of this quagmire. However, those who can present arguments against this narrative are few and further more do not get adequate space in the media, particularly Urdu press and electronic media.
But even those who do get access, have to face a lot of dangers. Raza Rumi, a prominent journalist and TV anchor, was recently attacked and barely survived. Some of the journalists, however, have not been lucky. This brief report from BBC sheds light on the threats face by journalists in Pakistan.
Raza Rumi Speaks with BBC by razarumi1