ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s senior journalist, Hamid Mir, facing a new trouble after heavy criticism over military-intelligence organisation as son of an ex-military official Khalid Khawaja claimed Mir’s involved in his father’s murder.
Osama Khalid, son of a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) squadron leader Khalid Khawaja, claimed before local media that Hamid Mir was directly involved in murder of his father.
He was addressing a media conference in National Press Club in the federal capital of Pakistan on Wednesday.
Osama Khalid alleged that Hamir Mir contacted Usman Punjabi, killed spokesperson of Punjabi Taliban, just after kidnapping of Khalid Khawaja.
Osama claimed that the conversation of the journalist with the Taliban leader is still available on social media.
He added that his father faced severe allegations from Hamid Mir for being a professional of foreign intelligence agencies including CIA and RAW.
Hamid Mir is currently under treatment in local hospital of Karachi, the metropolis of Pakistan, since being attacked by unidentified gunmen after leaving Jinnah International Airport of Karachi on April 19, 2013.
He further approved his brother, Amir Mir’s, allegations over highest spy institution of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for the attack.
Khalid Khawaja’s kidnapping and killing:
Khalid Khawaja was killed after being kidnapped on March 25 of 2010, by a group calling themselves as ‘Asian Tigers’ while he was filming a documentary with a British journalist Asad Qureshi about Colonel Imam, who was killed in January 2011.
Khawaja was found dead in Mir Ali, a town of militants-held North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Pakistan connecting Bannu district, on April 30, 2010.
Colonel Sultan Amir Tarar’s (Colonel Imam) killing:
Colonel Imam, British journalist Asad Qureshi and his driver Rustam Khan were also amongst the kidnapped persons including Khalid Khawaja; but both of them released in September 2010 while Imam killed in January 2011.
Colonel Sultan Amir Tarar was a renowned Pakistan Army officer and special warfare operation specialist, also served as Special Service Group (SSG) member of the army and an intelligence officer of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).