RSF seeks explanation on tribal reporter’s disappearance
LAHORE, May 17 2006: Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) has called on the Pakistani government to explain the disappearance of Hayatullah Khan, journalist on the Urdu-language daily Ausaf and the European Press Photo Agency (EPA), who was kidnapped on December 5, 2005, in Mir Ali, North Waziristan Agency.
“Following the statement by the US we again call on the Pakistani government, and particularly Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani to explain the disappearance and to mobilise all the necessary resources to resolve this case which has gone on too long,” it said. “We urge Durrani to mark his start in the government with a strong signal, by providing detailed information about the journalist,” it added.
US Consul in Peshawar, Mike Spangler, said on May 10 that the US had “read the reports on the disappearance of Hayatullah Khan, but is not in possession of any information about him”. The journalist was on his way to Khajoori in North Waziristan Agency on December 5, 2005, when five men stopped his vehicle and bundled him into another car.
RSF is backing the campaign by the Tribal Union of Journalists, which has been actively trying to find Khan since December 2005.
Source: Daily Times