Journalist found dead in Swat hotel
MINGORA: A journalist identified as Shah Hussain was found dead at a hotel here Saturday, sources said.
Talking to The News, manager of Pamir Hotel, Said Ghani, said that Shah Hussain came to the hotel on Friday evening and asked for a room after showing his identity card.
He said the journalist checked into room No-106 after paying Rs2,000 charges.
The manager said: “We called the police when the journalist did not get up in the morning.” He added that the police opened the door through a duplicate key and found him dead in the room.
When contacted, Investigation Officer Liaqat Ali said that acting on a tip-off the police reached the hotel and found the journalist lying dead in the room.
He said: “There was no mark of torture on the body, though he had vomited and blood stains were also found on the bed sheet.”
He said the police took Rs60,000 cash and laptop into possession while the body was shifted to the Saidu Sharif Hospital for autopsy.
“The police cannot declare it a murder until the availability of the autopsy report,” the police official said, adding that investigation was underway.
The deceased was working simultaneously for a private TV channel and two newspapers. He belonged to Dargai in Malakand Agency and was a member of the Dargai Press Club. He left behind four sons, daughter and widow to mourn his death.