On December 7, a security guard of local television channel Express News office injured in a cracker attack by unidentified men on University Road in Sargodha a city of Punjab province.
Two unidentified men ridding on a motorcycle hurled the cracker (small home-made explosive device) at the office which exploded with ball bearings that injured the security guard, Sher Muhammad and also damaged the gate of the office and number of parked vehicles. The gate of the office remains closed and opened at the knock. The guard opened the gate at the knock on it and attackers hurled the cracker and ran away.
Security guard was taken to DHQ Hospital Sargodha with no serious injuries for medical aid. Fortunately, no loss of life was reported in the attack.
On December 1, receptionist and on duty two police constables injured in a hand grenade attack by unknown attackers at the office of a local news channel, Din News , in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab province, Pakistan.
The attacker on a motorcycle hurled hand grenade at the office of news channel along with pamphlets inscribed claiming responsibility of the attack by Daulat-i-Islamia Khorasan (Islamic State- Khorasan group) and warning that if the media houses did not end to assist the government of Pakistan and the army which were not implementing Islam and Sharia in the country such attacks will continue.
The injured were shifted to the Service Hospital for medical aid and are in stable condition. The blast was powerful that damaged vehicles parked at the office, shattered windowpanes and also created panic in the locality.
Police started investigation after gathering evidences from the place of incident. Punjab Inspector General of Police, Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera ordered the police in Lahore to increase the security of media houses beside their security guards amid serious security threats by militants.
Pakistan Union of Journalists, Pakistan Broadcasters Association, various journalist fraternities and civil society condemned the attack and demanded the authorities to immediately arrest the attacker. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also condemned and ordered the authorities to book the attackers earlier.
On November 27, unidentified armed men attacked on Dawn News digital satellite news gathering (DSNG) van and injured its engineer Hassan Mateen in Karachi, the biggest city of Pakistan.
The armed men fired six shot at the DSNG van in which four shot hit the body of the van while fifth injured Mateen after breaking window glass and last shot did not hit the van. A case was registered on behalf of Omar Shah, a cameraman of Dawn News against unknown attackers at Aziz Bhatti police station.
The management of Dawn News did not know motive behind attack at the DSNG van. However, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Nasir Lodhi called the incident as a targeted attack. While talking to Pakistan Press Foundation, Senior Investigating Officer, Khadim Soomro said that there was no CCTV camera at the place of incident which would help in investigation but investigation was in process and police monitoring all nearby CCTV footages to trace the attackers.
Provincial Interior Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the incident, sought report of the incident from Additional Inspector General of Police.
Following the attack at Dawn News DSNG van, journalists’ communities protested in various parts of country. Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Karachi Union of Journalists and various media houses demanded a thorough and immediate investigation and to book the culprits. Minister of Information Pervaiz Rashid also condemned the incident.
On November 20, two employees of a local television channel Dunya News were injured in a hand grenade attack by unidentified men at the Bureau office in Faisalabad, a city of Punjab province.
The attackers were on a Honda 125 motorcycle hurled a hand grenade outside the television office and successfully escaped. They also dropped threatening pamphlets, which read “Daulat Islamia Khurasan (Islamic State- Khorasan group) accepts the responsibility of the attack. We will continue to attack dictatorial rulers, their forces and their facilitators (media etc.). The pamphlet warned Ahl-e-Sunnat (Sect) people to stay away from these targets.”
The injured were Saif ur Reham, business executive and Nazar Hussain, security guard, who were rushed to a hospital. The blast of the grenade damaged vehicles parked outside the office and also damaged glasses of the windows.
The CCTV footage of the attack was broadcasted at Dunya News. First Information Report of a hand grenade attack by unidentified men was registered in the City Police Station.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack at television office and ordered to arrest the attackers immediately. Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the attack and ordered of an inquiry report to the Regional Police Officer (RPO) and also ordered to arrest the attackers instantly. Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rasheed also condemned the attack and assured to book the attackers soon.
Condemnation from Pakistan Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Faisalabad Union of Journalists, Faisalabad Press Club and condemnation from other various unions of journalists and press clubs.
On the other hand, journalists’ communities protested in various cities of Punjab, including Lahore, Multan and Sahiwal and demanded to apprehend the attackers.