Pakistani police say an attacker targeted a female journalist in the eastern city of Lahore while she was driving with her daughter and sister
LAHORE, Pakistan – An attacker targeted a female Pakistani journalist in the eastern city of Lahore while she was driving with her daughter and sister late at night, police said on Thursday.
Police said the attacker used an iron rod to break the front glass of the car in Wednesday night’s attack and made threats before the women could escape unhurt.
It was not clear why Ambreen Fatima and her family were targeted. She works for Pakistan’s Urdu-language newspaper Nawa-e-Waqt and is the wife of Ahmed Noorani, an investigative journalist who was also attacked in the 2017 Islamabad attack.
Noorani is known for her critical writings about the Pakistani judiciary, bureaucracy and intelligence agencies.
Pakistan’s government insists it supports freedom of expression, but journalists and press freedom advocates often accuse the country’s military and its agencies of harassing and attacking journalists – or They don’t do enough to stop such attacks.
The Pakistani journalist community condemned the attack on Fatima. Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif demanded an inquiry into the incident and punishment to those responsible for the attack.
Police said they are investigating.