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Former media regulator chief shot at in Islamabad

Absar Alam’s condition stated to be out of danger

- BY ZUBAIR QURESHI Correspond­ent

Veteran journalist and former Chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam was shot by an unidentifi­ed assailant in a park close to his house in Islamabad. He was rushed to a hospital where his condition is out of danger. While being taken to the hospital, Absar said in a video message: “I’ve been hit in my ribs but my message for those who are behind this is that I am not going to give up.” The Inspector General of Police has set up a team to investigat­e the case.

According to details, Absar was walking in the park when he was shot by an unidentifi­ed man.

First-person account

“The man was also walking in the same park but each time I crossed him, he tried to cover his face,” Absar told Gulf News yesterday.

“On our third encounter, he took out a weapon and shot at me and escaped the scene,” he said. The bullet pierced his belly, narrowly missing the liver. He was rushed to the hospital by other passers-by.

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