Pakistani journalist who went ‘missing’ in exile found dead

Sajid Hussain was the editor-in-chief of Balochistan Times.

Prominent Pakistani journalist and the editor-in-chief of Balochistan Times Sajid Hussain has been found dead. Sajid went missing from the Swedish city of Uppsala on the 2nd of March. His dead body was found in the Uppsala river on Thursday.

The 39-year-old journalist fled to Sweden in 2012, where he was granted political asylum. He made the decision to leave Pakistan after he received death threats because of his activism.

Sajid ran an online newspaper, the Balochistan Times, where he talked about human rights abuses and the issue of missing persons in the province of Balochistan. After going into a self-imposed asylum, he continued to voice his opinions from abroad.

Hussain was last seen at around 11am on 2nd March in the Uppsala, where he lived after he fled Pakistan. A day after he stopped answering calls, a friend told the police about his disappearance. He has been officially registered as a ‘missing person’ on the 5th of March.

Commenting on Hussain’ disappearance, Daniel Bastard, the Asia Pacific head of Reporters Without Borders said:

“Hussain could be a victim of enforced disappearance, given the circumstances of his case and testimony by his family and colleagues. Now, when you think about who could find interest in suppressing a dissident journalist, the first hypothesis leads to Pakistan’s security agencies.”

Sajid’s wife Shehnaz Baloch and his two young children are in Pakistan and had to join him in Sweden this year.

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    • Waqtan k khilaf usne kya likha apne k pass koi proof hai? Unse zulm k khilaf likha hai us zulm k khilaf jo tumhare sath nai howa tabhi samjh nai paoge jis din hoga us din sseh nai paoge.

  • Its good such people ARE MADE PUBLIC
    EXAMPLES of NOT to be ANTI-State. Whether he was killed by Swedish criminals or Pakistani State agencies it is a good thing to silence such Bast****.

  • it is easy to blame anyone immediately with no forensic evidence, no inquiry, no investigation. it is now the duty of the Swedish Police to dig out the truth as to weather he died of Covid19, murdered, or committed suicide.

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