Baloch Journalist Goes Missing In Quetta City Since Nov 7

A Baloch journalist is reported missing from Balochistan’s Quetta capital city since 7 November 2014 (Friday), his family confirms to Freedom Network [FN] on 11 November 2014.

 

“We don’t know who may have taken him away,” Imam Bukhsh Bugti, uncle of missing journalist Manzoor Ahmed Bugti, 24, who works for state-run Pakistan Television in Dera Bugti town, told FN, Pakistan’s first media watchdog organization, by phone from Quetta.

 

Manzoor was on private visit to Quetta where he reached on 6 November 2014 and next morning at 10.30am he was reported missing along with friend Muhammad Aslam.

 

“You know it is Balochistan and if you come from Dera Bugti district then it is added problem,” the uncle of the missing journalist said when asked whether Manzoor was under threat. “I would not say he received (direct) threats but was cautioned to be careful,” he went on to add.

 

The uncle did not say who cautioned Manzoor.

 

“A case was registered in a police station in Quetta and I am using all my contacts to recover Manzoor,” Imam said. He, however, did not elaborate.

 

Media is experiencing worse situation in Balochistan since a Baloch nationalists-led insurgency followed the killing of powerful chieftain and politican Nawab Akbar Bugti on 26 November 2007 during a “military operation” and both security forces and Baloch insurgent groups are held responsible for killing, intimidating, harassing, threatening and kidnapping journalists.

 

Manzoor is as old in journalism as four years and his father also practiced journalism.

 

No group has claimed responsibility for the journalist’s disappearance so far.

 

 

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