Journalist kidnapped after challenging official account of Al Qaeda militant’s death

first_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News Organisation Receive email alerts News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the fate of Hayatullah Khan, a reporter for the Urdu-language daily Ausaf and photographer for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA), who was kidnapped by gunmen yesterday morning in Mir Ali in the Tribal Zones of Pakistan, adjoining Afghanistan.Calling on the local authorities to do everything possible to locate Khan as soon as possible, the organisation said it was told by family members today that they have not had any word of him since his abduction.“Khan’s reporting had cast doubt on the official account of how a senior Al Qaeda militant was killed on 1 December and raised the sensitive issue of the US army’s participation in the fight against terrorism in Pakistan,” Reporters Without Borders said.“His disappearance comes a day after a journalist was killed in Darra Adamkhel, in another part of the Tribal Areas, and highlights the dangers to which journalists are exposed in these regions bordering Afghanistan,” the organisation added.Khan was heading towards Khajoori in Nord Waziristan (250 km southwest of Islamabad) to cover a student demonstration when five men armed with AK-47 assault rifles stopped his vehicle and took him away in another vehicle. His abduction came just a few days after he contradicted Pakistani army claims that the death of Hamza Rabia, a leading Arab militant in Al Qaeda, and four other people on 1 December was the result of munitions going off accidentally in the home of a person identified as Mohammad Siddiq, who turned out to be an uncle of Khan.On the basis of photographs he took at the scene, Khan said Rabia was killed by a US missile. Villagers said the explosion was caused by a missile fired from a plane or a drone.A witness of Khan’s abduction said his kidnappers looked like Taliban fighters, but local sources have stressed that the Pakistani security forces had it in for him.He was arrested in an arbitrary fashion by US forces in 2002 when he was trying to cover Al Qaeda and Taliban activity in the border region. The Pakistani military harassed him the following year after he wrote about the misuse of army vehicles in Mir Ali. June 2, 2021 Find out more News to go furthercenter_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information December 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist kidnapped after challenging official account of Al Qaeda militant’s death Follow the news on Pakistan April 21, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Much-needed drug service opens in city centre

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Facebook Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSCommunityhealthLimerick City and CountyNews TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img NewsCommunityHealthMuch-needed drug service opens in city centreBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2018 1362 Twitter Previous articleFarrell pleased to put his hand back up for selectionNext articlePowPig grab the last available slot at Other Voices Festival this weekend Alan Jacques Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Ana Liffey chief executive Tony DuffinANA Liffey Drug Project this week opened their new premises on the Dock Road to continue giving people who use drugs in the city their non-judgmental support.Supported by the HSE and the Mid-West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum, Ana Liffey first opened its doors six years ago at their former premises at Fairgreen in Limerick. Since then they have worked to support hundreds of people, with complex and multiple needs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Limerick has a lot going for it – it’s a busy business hub, it has great restaurants, nightlife and an unparalleled community spirit. Sadly, like all urban centres Limerick has its unfair share of problems too. One of these issues is a significant drug problem,” Ana Liffey chief executive Tony Duffin said this week.“There was an identified need to relocate to a more central location to facilitate easier access for more people. We are grateful to our funders, the community and partner agencies for their support – our work can only be done in partnership.“We are very proud of our Mid-West team; and the move to our new building on the Dock Road in Limerick City represents a significant investment by Ana Liffey in our work in the region. We look forward to continuing to help as many people as we can – people whose lives have been blighted by drug use,” he added.Metropolitan Mayor Daniel Butler, who is a professional Drugs Education and Prevention worker, was on hand to open Ana Liffey’s new base.“As an elected public representative I represent people from all walks of life. I also work as a drugs worker. So, I have a, somewhat, unique perspective on the drugs issue. I know that being addicted to drugs is a physically and psychologically painful experience, which nobody would choose for themselves,” Mayor Butler explained.“Equally, I know that people living in communities, impacted upon by drugs, often live in fear. If we want to have any chance of improving this situation, we must address the problems that cause drug use. Part of the response is accessible drug services that meet people where they are at. Ana Liffey Drug Project is such a service. Moving their service into the heart of Limerick City is a great idea and I am confident that more people will turn to Ana Liffey for support.” Linkedin WhatsApplast_img read more