Hamid Mir (Urdu: حامد مير, Ḥāmid Mīr; born 23 July 1966) is a Pakistani journalist, news anchor, terrorism expert, and security analyst. He participated in international conferences. He also writes columns in Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, and English newspapers and hosts a political talk show on Geo TV as Capital Talk. He was twice banned from Pakistani television by the government of Pervez Musharraf in 2007, and by the Zardariadministration in June 2008. He has also received Hilal-i-Imtiaz for his works.
Early life and education
Mir was born in Lahore, Punjab, in July 1966. He studied and completed his secondary education at University Laboratory School New Campus and Government Central Model School, Lahore. He received his intermediate degree from Government Science College and his Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree from Government College. He earned his Master of Arts (M.A) in mass communications from the University of Punjab in 1989. He playedcricket but left the sport after the sudden death of his father.
Mir belongs to a literary and journalistic family. His grandfather Mir Abdul Aziz was an Urdu, Persian, and Punjabi language poet from Sialkot. Mir's father, professor Waris Mir, was also a columnist for Daily Jang and a critic of military dictator general Ziaul Haq, for which he was removed from the chairmanship of the Mass Communication Department of the University in the 1980s. His father died on 9 July 1987 under mysterious circumstances at the age of 48; it has been alleged that he was poisoned by the military regime. Mir entered the field of journalism immediately after the death of his father at a very young age.
Mir has three brothers, two are also journalists. Amir Mir and Imran Mir. Mir's wife worked with Pakistan television and for a private television channel for many years. The couple has two children, son Arafat Mir and daughter Ayesha Mir. His children and wife were forced to spend at least three months outside Pakistan from May 2007 to July 2007 for security reasons.