Hamid Mir

Hamid Mir is the Executive Editor of Geo TV in Islamabad and he has also interviewed Osama bin Laden, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, General Pervaiz Musharraf, Hamid Karzai, L K Advani and other international leaders.

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The burden of being Osama’s daughter

Feb 3, 2010 — Hamid Mir

TEHRAN: Tragedy of a family torn asunder by circumstances has created a stalemate between Iran and Saudi Arabia, tussle between a daughter and her mother and exposed differences between a father and his sons.

This is the story of the family of the world most wanted fugitive: Osama bin Ladin. Eman, the 18-year-old daughter of Osama recently took refuge in the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.

Gilani, Mukhtar to mediate between Zardari, Kayani

Jan 2, 2010 — Hamid Mir


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar are trying to remove misunderstandings between the Army leadership and President Asif Ali Zardari, while, on the other hand, they are also ready to face any “extraordinary situation”.

Liberal fascism?

Nov 6, 2009 — Hamid Mir

imageJonah Goldberg is a columnist for The Los Angeles Times. He recently wrote a book on liberal fascism. He started his book with Mussolini who was the father of fascism in Italy. Jonah also discussed American liberalism as a new totalitarian political religion very close to fascism. Finally Jonah Goldberg declared Hillary Clinton as “The First Lady of Liberal Fascism.” Jonah avoided using the term of liberal fascist for President Barack Obama but he feared that America was slowly becoming a fascist country.

Wake up, please!

Oct 15, 2009 — Hamid Mir

If someone has decided to use his death as a weapon then he can create problems for the security of any powerful enemy. The 9/11 attacks in the US are the biggest example. The 19 Arab hijackers’ biggest weapon was their death. The same weapon was used by the 10 attackers against the Pakistan Army in Rawalpindi.

Is Baitullah really dead?

Aug 13, 2009 — Hamid Mir

US drone attacks are not popular in Pakistan but it is the first time that a big number of Pakistanis are happy over a news report that the head of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a drone attack on Aug 5 in South Waziristan. Baitullah Mehsud was the most wanted and the most ruthless man in Pakistan who was responsible for dozens of suicide attacks across the country. Government of Pakistan has not officially confirmed his death yet. (The Taliban have denied his killing.)

Who is unhappy with Media in Swat?

Feb 21, 2009 — Hamid Mir

Mingora, Swat: “The pen is mightier than the sword” was a phrase that we learnt at school. Unfortunately,  the dangerous situation in Swat has changed this phrase. Now it should be like “the gun is mightier than the pen”. The truth is bitter and difficult to digest. The assassination of brave journalist Musa Khankhel in the valley of Swat has discouraged many who always believed in the might of the pen. Not only a few but dozens of journalists have left Swat within hours after the burial of their colleague Musa Khankhel. Many television channels moved their staff with equipment to safe places like Peshawar. Now the world may not watch the live coverage of the peace march initiated by Maulna Sufi Muhammad or the Janza (burial ceremony) of any slain journalist from Swat.

We’ll expose killers of Musa Khan: Hamid Mir

Feb 19, 2009 — Hamid Mir

SWAT: The journalist community is holding protest rallies all over the country against the murder of Geo News reporter Musa Khan Khel.

Taliban threaten attack on Islamabad

Feb 11, 2009 — Hamid Mir

image(Editor’s Note: Polish-based Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist David Dastych reports that the brutal execution of Polish engineer Piotr Stanczak by a suspected local Taliban unit in Pakistan, has horrified Poland and stirred waves of criticism in Poland and abroad.  “Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has strongly criticized his own Foreign Office Minister and the Justice minister, with the Opposition demanding their dismissal,” Dastych told CFP this morning.  A shocking, new, 7-minute video that appears to show Pakistani-based Taliban terrorists beheading the Polish hostage, is circulating the Internet.  The video is so horrifying that some news outlets chose not to distribute it.  Stanczak, described by Dastych as “a brave and innocent man”, was kidnapped close to the Afghan border on September 28, 2008 by armed men while he was surveying oil and gas fields for a Krakow-based geophysics company.  The gunmen killed three Pakistanis travelling with him.  In his report below, Pakistan-based journalist Hamid Mir reveals that the Taliban has released a hitlist, declaring all “pro-Pakistan” Jihadis as their enemies.)

Hamas builds while Taliban bomb schools

Feb 3, 2009 — Hamid Mir

Daily Star

Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas probably have more suicide bombers than Taliban, but they are different from each other. Top leadership of Hamas and Taliban is on the target of US-made drones and F-16 planes but they don’t share views on many key issues.

Musharraf let off the hook in Benazir’s murder probe

Dec 27, 2008 — Hamid Mir

ISLAMABAD: A few days before her assassination, late Benazir Bhutto had told more than six different people that Pervez Musharraf should be held responsible if she was killed. But nobody has asked Musharraf any question in this regard even a year after her murder.

Germany will help Pakistan to solve the financial crisis

Oct 29, 2008 — Hamid Mir

ISLAMABAD: German Deputy Chancellor and Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said that Germany is committed to solving the economic and financial crisis faced by Pakistan, and long-term friends of Pakistan, like Germany, would like to make a concerted contribution to the country’s economic and political stabilisation.

In an exclusive interview to The News, the German foreign minister also said militancy in Pakistan could be reduced by providing jobs to uneducated youth of the troubled areas. “You will not stop al-Qaeda by drilling a well, but you might help reduce militant opposition if you provide job prospects to the young and uneducated in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.

China preparing rescue package for Pakistan

Oct 26, 2008 — Hamid Mir

BEIJING: China is quietly working to provide Pakistan a soft loan of $1.5 billion to overcome its financial crisis in addition to more than $3.7 billion to be invested in the telecom and power generation sectors in the next two to three years, Chinese officials told The News here on Friday.

Despite all security issues and financial pressures, China has decided to stand by its two trusted friends — Pakistan and Nigeria — where China will invest more than $4 billion by the end of 2009, they said.

Pain and Agony

Sep 22, 2008 — Hamid Mir

imageIslamabad: I was very close to Marriott Hotel and reached the spot within a few minutes of the terrible blast.

By that time only a few police constables from the nearby Frontier House and Balochistan House were trying to rescue the drivers who got killed sitting in their cars parked outside the hotel on Aga Khan Road.

The road was in complete darkness since the intensity of the blast had destroyed all the street lights. Hearing some cries coming from the rubble of the Marriott entrance, I rushed there with another journalist colleague.

New Pakistan president won’t disappoint wife Benazir when they meet in heaven

Sep 15, 2008 — Hamid Mir

Hamid Mir (42), one of the top-notch Pakistani journalists, became world-famous and is often quoted by international media because of his three exclusive interviews of Osama bin Laden, the last one made on November 7, 2001, near Kabul, after the outbreak of the war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Now the Executive Editor of the privately-owned GEO TV in Islamabad and the host of the most popular Pakistan’s talk show, “Capital Talk”, he earned his reputation of a courageous newsman and tough opponent of the military dictatorship.

Daddy begged mother not to go to Pakistan: Bakhtawar

Sep 8, 2008 — Hamid Mir

imageISLAMABAD: In a rare interview on the eve of her father becoming the next president of Pakistan, the politically active 18-year-old Bakhtawar has revealed the existence of a political plan her mother had written a few days before her assassination.

She revealed to me in Islamabad that before her death, Benazir Bhutto had written a political plan, in her own handwriting, which Bakhtawar accidentally found in her purse after her mother’s death. “Removal of Musharraf was the first point in the plan. There are many more,” she said.

Bakhtawar says her father is determined to implement all the points written by Benazir in her political plan. The excited daughter of Benazir is planning to raise the slogan of ‘Jeay Bhutto’ in the presidency when her father Zardari takes oath as the strongest man in the country.

Peshawar, Kohat, Nowshera next targets of terrorists

Aug 24, 2008 — Hamid Mir

ISLAMABAD: In a major breakthrough, the security agencies have got a big lead in investigations into the bombings at Wah. The third suicide bomber arrested on the spot is cooperating with the authorities and has provided many details about his network and these details have raised more questions about the role of India in Afghanistan.

Musharraf in relaxed mode after stepping down

Aug 22, 2008 — Hamid Mir

imageISLAMABAD: August 19 was a unique day in the life of Musharraf. It was his first day without power after nine years. The day started with a breakfast with his family. He was relaxed because there was no hurry of going to the office on time.

Musharraf doesn’t have any office after 44 years.  But he has not given up—instead he was pretty sure that he would get one soon.

He still hopes that a situation will be created in the coming weeks when he will get a chance to play a political role. He wants to prove that he can play a role even without a uniform.

Israel ready to provide security to Musharraf?

Aug 17, 2008 — Hamid Mir

ISLAMABAD: Israeli President Shimon Peres is desperately trying to help his friend President Pervez Musharraf and is putting indirect pressure on the coalition government through different diplomatic channels not to impeach him, Foreign Office sources reveal.

The sources claim that Peres wants a safe exit for Musharraf and he is also ready to provide security to his friend outside Pakistan. These sources also claim that Peres and Musharraf are in regular contact with each other for the last three years. Both met first in Davos in January 2005 and since then they have been writing letters to each other and exchanging pleasantries on telephone regularly.

A first ever non-functional President in Pakistan?

Aug 8, 2008 — Hamid Mir

imageIslamabad August 8, 2008-The Ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) leaders have decided to make new history. President Pervez Musharraf is not welcome any more in any government function. The Ruling Coalition wants him to become the first ever non-functional President in the history of Pakistan. Verbal orders have been issued to all the federal government departments and also to the four provincial governments not to invite the President of Pakistan for the opening of any ceremony.

8,000 foreign fighters in Fata ring alarm bells in Islamabad

Jul 25, 2008 — Hamid Mir

ISLAMABAD: In a disturbing report presented to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, days before he travels to the United States, the latest figure of foreign fighters present in the tribal areas of Pakistan is estimated to be more than 8,000.  The government is reluctant to officially confirm this number.

At a special cabinet briefing on Sunday in which Asif Ali Zardari was also present, besides the prime minister and Adviser to the Interior Ministry Rehman Malik said the government will have to use force if the process of dialogue does not produce the results,  but his view was opposed by the minister from FATA Hamidullah Jan.