A Pakistani journalist residing in exile in Sweden and who had been missing since March has been discovered lifeless in a river.
Sajid Hussain, who was granted political asylum in Sweden in 2019 after fleeing Pakistan, had been lacking since 2 March. He was final seen boarding a prepare to Uppsala, a metropolis 35 miles (56km) north of Stockholm.
“His physique was discovered on 23 April within the Fyris river outdoors Uppsala,” Jonas Eronen, a police spokesman, stated.
Hussain had been residing with a pal, Abdul Malik, in Stockholm when he went lacking. Malik stated Hussain had been in a very good temper earlier than leaving for Uppsala on 2 March. His spouse, Shahnaz Baloch, stated she had spoken to Hussain over the cellphone that morning and he had been in good spirits, discussing his plans to maneuver to a brand new condominium in Uppsala.
“We simply need police to research the reason for loss of life and provides a solution to his household and pals,” stated Malik. “We wish to know what occurred.”
Hussain fled Pakistan in 2012 after his reporting on forced disappearances and human rights violations in the Balochistan region had resulted within the police raiding his home and interrogating his household. He additionally obtained loss of life threats.
Eronen stated against the law couldn’t be utterly dominated out, however that Hussain’s loss of life may equally have been an accident or suicide.
“The post-mortem has dispelled a number of the suspicion that he was the sufferer of against the law,” he stated.
“So long as against the law can’t be excluded, there stays the chance that his loss of life is linked to his work as a journalist,” stated Erik Halkjaer, the pinnacle of the Swedish department of Reporters with out Borders (RSF).
RSF stated Hussain’s controversial profile meant it couldn’t be dominated out that he had been kidnapped and killed “on the behest of a Pakistani intelligence company”. The nation’s overseas ministry declined to remark.
Hussain had continued his journalism as chief editor of the Baluchistan Instances, an internet journal he based, from overseas. He wrote about drug trafficking, pressured disappearances and a long-running insurgency.
He had arrived in Sweden in 2018, after beforehand transferring from the United Arab Emirates to Oman and Uganda. In response to his household and pals, he was within the means of bringing his spouse and two youngsters to hitch him in Sweden, and had been as a result of begin a post-graduate diploma on the College of Uppsala.
Pakistan is taken into account one of the vital harmful international locations on this planet for journalists, who’re recurrently harassed and killed. In response to the 2019 RSF press freedom index, Pakistan ranked 142 out of 180 international locations.
— to www.theguardian.com