A bomb was found underneath a Pakistani journalist’s car Monday after he received a threat from the Taliban for his coverage of the shooting of schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai.
Hamid Mir, a veteran journalist for Pakistan’s Geo News television, said about a pound of explosives was found underneath his car in Islamabad. A bomb squad defused the bomb, which was planted just days after Mir was told the Pakistani Taliban had threatened him.
"I was told a few days ago that my name was mentioned in a letter written to the Interior Ministry and in that, there was a threat," Mir told reporters, according to Reuters.
Mir and other reporters were threatened over their coverage of the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl from the Swat Valley who was shot while advocating for the right of women and girls to be educated. The Taliban had shuttered girls’ schools in the area, and Malala spoke out.
The website for Geo TV said Malala, who is still recovering in a British hospital from her injuries, spoke with Mir “to express solidarity” in wake of the bomb discovery.
“Malala Yousafzai and her father just called me from UK and expressed their solidarity. Malala said that Insha Allah [God willing] we will defeat terrorists,” Mir wrote on his Twitter account.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the government was offering a 50 million rupee ($500,000) reward for anyone with information on who is responsible for the bomb.
Mir said the bomb will not deter him from journalism.
Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamic political party in Pakistan, condemned the bomb plot, according to Geo News.
A report posted on Geo News said the group “expressed the hope that Hamid Mir would continue to perform his duties honestly and undeterred by such conspiracies.”