Hamid Mir – not a very stranger to bans – spoke to BBC’s Stephen Sackur in an episode of Hard Talk, which aired on Monday.
“Toor is a young journalist, and I was showing my solidarity with him,” Mir told Sackur.
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“I said when a journalist is attacked in Pakistan, there is no justice, and the law enforcement agencies always fail to identify the culprits. So when you do not provide us justice, then we will be made to mention the names of the people who we think are responsible.”
Sackur asked him how he could possibly know all those who attacked Toor?
Mir narrated that when he was attacked in Karachi, he named the man responsible for the shooting.
“I, not once but twice, made my statement in front of that high-powered commission. I was injured, but I appeared and made my statement. And when the commission called that person who, as per me, was responsible for attacking me, he refused and never appeared, and no report came out.”
“Here, there is a democracy, but in actuality, there is no democracy. There is a constitution in Pakistan, but in actuality, there is no constitution. I am a living example of censorship in Pakistan,” Mir said to Sackur, who asked if the Pakistani state is ensuring the silence of independent journalism.