Taliban attack television office in Karachi; two injured
KARACHI: Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at the offices of a television news channel in Karachi on Monday, wounding two people, including a security guard, police officials said.
The gunmen fled after the attack, which targeted the building of local news channel Aaj TV, police said.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting, and threatened attacks against other television channels that did not feature the Taliban point of view.
“We had informed the management of Aaj TV to include our view on issues, but the channel had become a mouthpiece of the government,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told Reuters.
“Geo TV is going to be our next target if they do not change their behaviour towards us. They have been using very bad language against the mujahideen.”
Aaj TV officials were not immediately available for comment.
APP adds: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has condemned attack on AAJ Television by armed men. The Prime Minister said that the government will ensure freedom of media and will not tolerate such incidents. The Prime Minister also directed the authorities to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.