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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