Television anchor detained, interrogated by intelligence agency personnel in Pakistan
Hasan Abdullah, an anchor and reporter of Pakistan’s leading television channel “DawnNews” was detained for six hours by agents of an intelligence agency on 26th August and was released after interrogation.
The agents kept his cell phone and tape containing interview of Balach Marri, head of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), who was killed in November 2007. BLA is a militant, separatist organisation that has attacked
civilian, official and military personnel and infrastructure.
According to press reports, Hasan Abdullah was driving to office from home in the morning when his car was intercepted by a black Toyota Corolla causing a collision. One of the occupants of the car pointed a pistol at the journalist and said “Mr Hasan get in the car”. Hasan was blindfolded and after having been driven around for 90 minutes, he was taken into a house. Throughout his six-hour detention, he was kept blindfolded.
The intelligence personnel dropped him near his car at around 5pm.