Exiled Pakistani journalist goes missing in Sweden

Islamabad: Fears are growing for a Pakistani journalist who, having escaped the South Asian country for safety reasons in 2012, has gone missing in Sweden where he was living in self-imposed exile.

Rights groups are concerned the disappearance of Sajid Hussain, 39, could be related to his reporting.

Swedish Police have also been informed about Hussain’s disappearance and he was added on a missing person database on March 5. Stockholm Police’s spokesperson told BBC Urdu that law enforcement agencies have been probing his disappearance.

However, Hussain’s family and friends are showing concerns regarding Swedish authorities’ slow progress in locating his whereabouts. Hussain’s family members told The News that he was pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Uppsala since 2017 when he moved to Sweden.

Belonging to Balochistan’s Kech district, Hussain has worked with The News and Daily Times in Karachi in various positions. While in Sweden, he launched Balochistan Times, an online magazine, and was its editor. Hussain and Professor Carina Jahani, a Swedish linguist, were also working on a Balochi-English translation dictionary.

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