The Nation correspondent found murdered
PESHAWAR, June 17 2006: The body of Hayat Ullah, correspondent of Daily the Nation in Mirali North Waziristan Agency, was found near village Khaisoor on June 16 afternoons. He was around 30. Hayat Ullah was abducted from his native Mirali Town of North Waziristan Agency on December 5, 2005 last while he was on his way for the coverage of a protest demonstration, arranged by students of Degree College against killing of a student during action against Al Qaeda’s fugitive Abu Hamza Rabia.
The relatives of Hayat Ullah informed that his body was found on road side by a driver al Khaisoor, near Mirali town of North Waziristan. Later the body was shifted to his house in Mirali. The relatives informed that Hayat Ullah was handcuffed and shot from backside. It seems that Hayat Ullah was shot dead when he was either making an attempt to escape or freed by the captors.
Hayat Ullah besides serving as Correspondent of The Nation since 1999 was also serving for Urdu daily Ausaf. Most recently he joined the European Press Agency as its Photographer for Waziristan region. After 9/11, Hayat Ullah had also made valuable contributions in documentaries for a number of well-reputed channels. Though no one has claimed responsibility for kidnapping of Hayat Ullah but journalists organizations and relatives have time and again charged government organizations, particularly secret agencies for this act. Recently an appeal was made before the President Gen Pervez Musharraf for his release. The Namaz-e-Janaza of late Hayat Ullah will be held in his native Mirali town of North Waziristan Agency on June 17 at 10.00 a.m.
APP ads: Minister for Interior Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao expressed immense shock and grief over the brutal killing of journalist Hayatullah Khan, who was found dead in North Waziristan. The minister said the government has been making all possible efforts to trace Hayatullah Khan since his abduction on December 5 by armed terrorists. He further said Hayatullah Khan’s killing is a dastardly act involving the same elements who are responsible for terrorist activities aimed at creating chaos and obstructing the development process in the tribal territory.
Source: The Nation