Mir, who hosts Capital Talk, an evening show on Geo TV, and writes a column for Jang, was criticised by the Taliban last month in the wake of the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
The interior minister said that he would offer a reward of Rs5 crore for anyone who provided any information on the accused.
Many journalists have received threats over their coverage of the Malala incident. “The tin box had half a kg of explosives fitted with detonator,” said Islamabad police chief Bani Amin. Mir was on his way to his office and the bomb was apparently planted when he stopped at a market.
Mir told the media that he had received threats in the past. While the government had offered him police protection, he had refused it on grounds that a journalist cannot work under police cover. However, a policeman has been stationed at Mir’s house. The police now plan to increase the security cover.
“They want to stop us [journalists] from speaking the truth but I want to tell them that we will not be deterred,” said Mir.