‘Ghulami’ for ‘Azadi’ Reporter

An Urdu newspaper journalist “disappeared” on Monday from the Pakistan-Iran border town of Taftan – the second journalist from the same paper to have gone missing in a week.

Muhammad Asif Baloch, editor of Quetta-based Daily Azadi, said Hameed Baloch’s family had said he was abducted. “No one knows about his whereabouts but one thing is certain, that he has been abducted because of his bold reporting,” he said.

Khalil Khosa, a reporter from the same newspaper, did not return from a press conference in Nasirabad four days ago. “Since then no one knows where he is,” the Azadi editor said. Asif Baloch said Khosa’s family believed “influential tribesmen” had abducted him because of his reporting. Javid Lehri, a 20-year-old journalist from Daily Azadi, disappeared on November 30 from the Wadh tehsil.

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