Sajid Hussain: Fears for Pakistan journalist missing in Sweden


A Pakistani journalist who fled the country to escape death threats has gone missing in Sweden where he was granted political asylum. Sajid Hussain was last seen boarding a train in Stockholm on his way to Uppsala on 2 March, according to the group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The group said it was possible he had been abducted “at the behest of a Pakistani intelligence agency”. Hussain, 39, fled to Sweden in 2012 after writing about crime. Pakistan country profileWhy a media mogul was arrested in Pakistan. He had reported on forced disappearances and organised crime in Pakistan, relatives said.

Online newspaper the Balochistan Times, for which Hussain was chief editor, said it had reported his disappearance to Swedish police on 3 March. “As of today [28 March], there is no clue about his whereabouts and wellbeing,” it said in an editorial. “The police have not shared any progress in the investigations with his family and friends.”

Relatives told the Pakistani newspaper Dawn they had waited two weeks before expressing their fears in case he had gone into isolation because of the coronavirus outbreak. Hussain’s wife, Shehnaz, told Dawn that before going into self-imposed exile, her husband had sensed he was being followed. As well as writing about forced disappearances he had exposed a drug kingpin in Pakistan.(BBC)…[+]