Fata journalist goes missing in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani journalist working for the BBC in a restive tribal area has disappeared, his brother and the media agency’s website said on Monday.No-one has heard from Dilawar Khan Wazir, a correspondent for the British Broadcasting orporation in the restive South Waziristan agency, since Monday noon after he left Islamabad, his brother Zulfiqar Khan said. The reporter had come to the capital to meet Khan on unday.
Wazir then left for home in Dera Ismail Khan on Monday morning. But Khan said shortly after he left about Â“a dozen suspicious men” arrived at his hostel, although he refused to meet them.The men told the security guard at the hostel of the International Islamic University that Wazir had been injured in an accident and was in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in the capital, he said. “When I called on my brother’s mobile phone, a man attended the phone, saying he was a doctor speaking from hospital and Wazir was injured in an accident,” Khan told AFP.
Khan said he sent his friends to the hospital to try to find him, but they were told by hospital staff that Wazir was not there. “I immediately called again on my brother’s mobile, but it was switched off and there was no contact with him by any other member of the family as well,Â” Khan said, adding he had not yet lodged a report with local police.
A report on the BBCUrdu.com website said information ministry officials had said they were in contact with the interior ministry to try to determine the reporter’s whereabouts. Wazir’s younger brother Taimur Khan was shot dead by unknown attackers in August near Wana. Khan, like several other journalists, had moved to neighbouring Dera Ismail Khan after a bomb exploded near his home.
Source: The News