Hamid Mir wounded in Pakistan gun attack

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Hamid Mir (26 November 2012)Image source, Getty Images
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Hamid Mir (C) gave interviews after a previous Taliban attempt on his life in November 2012

Gunmen have shot and wounded one of Pakistan's best known television presenters in the city of Karachi.

Police said the attackers opened fire on Hamid Mir's car near the airport.

The presenter for Geo TV received three bullets, but was in a stable condition, the officials added.

There have been previous attempts on the life of Mr Mir, the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden after 9/11. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for the media.

The attack has been strongly condemned by Pakistani politicians, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Last month, Mr Sharif pledged to do more to protect journalists in Pakistan.

Car chase

Mr Mir had just landed in Karachi and was on his way to the studios of Geo TV, a private Pakistani news channel, when unidentified gunmen in a car and on motorcycles reportedly tailed him before opening fire.

Police said he sustained three gunshot wounds, but that his life was not in danger.

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In 2001, Mr Mir became the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks

Mr Mir's brother, a leading investigative journalist, has accused the country's intelligence agency, the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), of orchestrating the attack, reports the BBC's Shahzeb Jillani, in Karachi.

According to his brother, Mr Mir had recently told family and colleagues that he had received threats from the ISI because of his political views.

In 2012, the Pakistani Taliban tried to kill Mr Mir by planting half a kilogram (1lb) of explosives under his car outside his home in the capital, Islamabad.

But the remote-controlled bomb failed to go off.

The Taliban had threatened Mr Mir and other journalists for their coverage of the militants' shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

Five journalists were killed in Pakistan in 2013 and more than 50 have died since the early 1990s. Most murders remain unresolved.

Last month, Raza Rumi, a journalist for the Express news channel, escaped an attack in the city of Lahore, during which his driver was killed.

Mr Rumi has since left the country because of threats to his life, our correspondent says.