Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
(PFUJ) in demanding authorities in Pakistan
take swift action to locate and safely recover a senior tribal journalist who
was abducted in North Waziristan on August 11.
Rehmatullah Dawar, who works with
AAJ TV and the Urdu daily Ausaf, was
abducted at a bazaar in Miranshah, the capital of the militancy-gripped agency
in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), by unidentified men
travelling in two cars with tinted windows.
The men fired shots in the air to
keep people away as they bundled Dawar into one of the cars, according to
The motivation for the abduction is unclear,
and no one had claimed responsibility.
However, Ahmadullah Ahmadi, the
spokesman for Haji Gul Bahader, the most powerful militant commander in North Waziristan, condemned the abduction and said the local
Taliban would assist to locate Dawar, according to the Tribal Union of
“The IFJ calls on the Government of
Pakistan to direct its authorities not to delay in investigating the abduction
of Rehmatullah Dawar and to recover him safely,” IFJ
“We remind the Government of the
failure of its authorities to take appropriate action in the case of Hayatullah
Khan, who was similarly abducted in 2005. We urge that a similar failure not be
The abduction of Dawar, who comes from Darparkhel village, reportedly
has similarities with the case of Khan, who also worked with Ausaf and was abducted in North Waziristan in December 2005. His handcuffed body
was found with several gunshot wounds six months later.
An investigation into Khan’s murder,
conducted by Peshawar High Court Judge Mohammed Reza Khan, has never been made
public, despite repeated calls from the PFUJ and international media support
North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan, is in the grip of an armed conflict
security forces and militant groups believed to be associated with Al-Qaeda.
The area is subject to regular strikes by US drones targeting suspected
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