Pakistani Journalist and Blogger Remains in Exile, One Year After Violent Attack

Published in Global Voices

March, 28th 2015
By Annie Zaman


March 28 marks the first anniversary of the attack on Pakistani blogger and prominent political commentator Raza Rumi. Once a contributor to Global Voices, Rumi was added to the Taliban’s hit list after he opposed government peace talks with the militant group in 2014. His moderate views also have been misinterpreted by some as anti-Islamic. When two gunmen opened fire on Rumi’s car at a market in Lahore, his 25-year-old driver and confidant was killed. Rumi departed for the US shortly thereafter, at the urgings of family and friends.

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Journalist shot at in Lahore-The Hindu

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the car of journalist and anchorperson forExpress News Raza Rumi in Lahore on Friday evening, injuring his driver, Mustafa, critically and his guard, according to news reports. The driver later succumbed to injuries while the guard who sustained bullet wounds is in hospital. Mr. Rumi who was injured, is out of danger.

Mr. Rumi is a contributing editor for The Friday Times, a columnist and author of a book on Delhi as well.