Swedish police find body of missing Baloch journalist

Written By: Akash Rai Edited By: Shivani Kumar WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 01, 2020, 11:43 PM(IST)

File photo of Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain. Photograph:( Others )

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Hussain is a known critic of the Pakistani government and has been very vocal about corruption and human rights in Pakistan. As per reports, Hussain received political asylum in Sweden in 2017. 

Sweden police found a body of an exiled Pakistani journalist Sajid Hussain, who has been missing since March last year.

The Baloch journalist's body was found on April 23 in the Fyris river outside Uppsala. The cause of death is undivulged so far meanwhile Swedish police has launched a preliminary investigation into the matter.

Hussain is a known critic of the Pakistani government and has been very vocal about corruption and human rights in Pakistan. As per reports, Hussain received political asylum in Sweden in 2017. 

According to his family and friends, Hussain was in the process of bringing his wife and two children to join him in Sweden. He was also about to start a post-graduate degree at the University of Uppsala before he went missing on March 2.

"First thing we think about is that Pakistan's security services... In this situation, it cannot be ruled out that the disappearance is linked to his work," said Erik Halkjaer, chairman of Swedish Reporters without border.

"The autopsy has dispelled some of the suspicions that he was the victim of a crime," said Jonas Eronen, spokesperson of the Swedish police.

This is not the first a journalist has died in mysterious circumstances. Hussain's death has striking similarities with the 2018 case of Jamal  Khashoggi killing.

On October 2, 2018, Khashoggi who was the Saudi critic and Washington Post journalist entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiance. The 59-year-old journalist was killed by in a "rogue operation" by the Saudi agents.

He was known to be an advocate for women's rights and freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia.

The impunity enjoyed by the killers of journalists in Pakistan is one of the highest in the world, where journalists are regularly harassed and killed.

According to the report of Pakistan Impunity Scorecard, a total of 32 FIRs were registered for the murder of 33 journalists during the period 2013-19. 

Out of these 33 cases, the courts declared only 20 cases fit for the trial and out of these 20 cases, only six trials were completed.
 

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