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Man who beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl, 3 others linked to crime will remain in jail – for now

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Four men who were sentenced to life in prison for the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl but were later exonerated will remain in prison for three more months, officials said Thursday.

MAN WHO BEHEADED US JOURNALIST DANIEL PEARL TO BE FREED FROM PAKISTANI PRISON

Just a day before the announcement, Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh’s overturned conviction for murder and paved the way for his release as early as this week.

But the superintendent of Karachi Central Prison, Hasan Sehtoo, said Thursday that Sheikh and three others will remain in custody until Sept. 30 under a law that allows authorities to detain any suspect for up to one year. He said the order claims the men’s release would threaten public safety.

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Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s abduction, arrives March 29, 2002 at the provincial high court in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photo by Getty Images)

The three other men – Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib – were acquitted of their charges in April due to lack of evidence but remained in prison through a 90-day extension to accommodate for the ongoing court proceedings, which expired on July 1.

Pearl, 38, was the WSJ’s bureau chief for South Asia and was in Pakistan reporting on extremism following the 9/11 attacks when he was kidnapped and beheaded in January 2002.

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In this April 15, 2007, file photo, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

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The kidnapping charge against the British-born Sheikh was the only one that still held after review by the Sindh High Court and carried a sentence of seven years. At that point, he had already spent 18 years in prison on death row and his seven-year sentence for kidnapping was counted as time served.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Man who beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl to be freed from Pakistani prison

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The British-born man convicted in the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is likely to walk out of jail a free man this week following a surprising ruling by Pakistan’s supreme court.

The country’s high court on Monday refused to overturn a lower court’s ruling exonerating the man who kidnapped and killed Pearl, who had been reporting on extremism in Pakistan in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

Pearl, who was the WSJ’s bureau chief for South Asia, was killed in January 2002.

MILITANT SIEGE ON PAKISTAN STOCK EXCHANGE LEAVES AT LEAST 3 DEAD 

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Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is pictured here in this undated photo. (AP)

His parents Ruth and Judea Pearl filed their petition to Pakistan’s top court to hear their appeal after the government of Pakistan also sought reinstatement of the original convictions in the case.

“We’re standing up for justice, not only for our son but for all our dear friends in Pakistan so they can live in a society free of violence and terrorism,” Judea Pearl said in an emotional video message on Twitter in May.

The move to overturn Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh’s murder conviction and death sentence sparked outrage not only from Pearl’s family but from the U.S. government and other media rights organizations around the world.

While the lower court overturned the most serious offenses against Sheikh, it upheld the kidnapping charge which carried a seven-year sentence.

Sheikh has been on death row for nearly two decades.

“For 18 years he hasn’t even seen the sun,” his lawyer Mahmood Sheikh told Reuters. “He has been in solitary confinement on death row.”

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Sheikh and three of his aides, who had been sentenced to life in prison, were acquitted for lack of evidence by the high court in Karachi.

Pakistani authorities ordered the four men to be kept in detention for three months while the matter was sorted in court. The 90-day detention expires this week.

The country’s supreme court also refused to immediately hear an appeal and instead said they would take up the matter on September 25.

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said of Pearl: “We continue to honor his legacy as a courageous journalist and demand justice for his brutal murder.”

Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones also pledged its support for “the Pearl family’s efforts in seeking justice for the kidnapping and brutal murder of their son, Daniel Pearl. Danny was a cherished colleague and we will always honor his memory and service.”

Pearl was kidnapped while working on a story about Islamic militants. A videotape received by U.S. diplomats in February of that year confirmed that the 38-year-old was dead.

He had been beheaded.

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The parents of Daniel Pearl, (l.), who was killed in 2002, said as they signed a condolence book for Pakistani terror victims they believe the Guantanamo detainees must face justice. (AP, FoxNews.com)

In court testimony and emails released during the 2002 trial, Sheikh said he developed a personal relationship with Pearl before he was kidnapped, with both sharing their concerns about their wives, who were pregnant at the time.

Marianne Pearl gave birth to their son Adam in May 2002.

The Pearl Project, an investigative journalism team at Georgetown University, carried out a three-year investigation into Pearl’s kidnapping and death. They concluded the reporter was beheaded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and later described as the architect of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Mohammad is a prisoner at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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“The prosecution’s cases are won or lost not on the basis of emotion, they are won or lost on the basis of evidence and in this case, the prosecution did a woeful job,” said Sheikh, the lawyer. “If Daniel Pearl’s parents have any grievance or complaint it should be against the Pakistani authorities for the prosecution’s failings.”

Sheikh had been arrested in 1994 by Indian authorities, accused of kidnapping three Britons and an American, who were all freed unharmed, in Indian-ruled Kashmir.

In 1999, India freed Sheikh and two other militants in exchange for the release of 155 passengers and crew aboard an Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Militant siege on Pakistan stock exchange leaves at least 3 dead

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group of militants armed with grenades and automatic rifles laid siege to the Pakistan Stock Exchange on Monday, killing at least three people before being taken out by special police forces.

The attack on the building located in the heart of Karachi’s financial district, where the Pakistan State Bank is located as well as the headquarters of several national and international financial institutions, left two guards and a police officer dead, officials say. A third guard is reported to be in critical condition.

Rizwan Ahmend, a police official at the scene, told the Associated Press that after opening fire at an entrance gate, the four gunmen entered the stock exchange grounds. He said that after the attack was over, food supplies were found on the bodies of the gunmen, indicating they may have planned a long operation.

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Security personnel surrounds the Stock Exchange Building after an attack in Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday. (AP)

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The Baluchistan Liberation Army later claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has been waging an insurgency for years, demanding independence for Pakistan’s gas-rich southwestern Baluchistan province, which borders the southern Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital.

Inside the stock exchange, broker Yaqub Memon told the Associated Press that he and others huddled inside their offices while the attack was underway. As the firing ended and the gunmen were killed, police gathered all the employees and brokers in a single room while security forces went floor by floor to ensure that no explosives had been left behind, he added.

Shazia Jehan, a police spokesman, said the bomb disposal team was also called to the stock exchange to clear the building of any explosive devices.

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Security personnel examine confiscated ammunition from attackers outside the Stock Exchange Building. (AP)

PAKISTAN ACCUSES 150 PILOTS OF CHEATING TO OBTAIN LICENSES 

At a news conference later Monday, Maj. Gen Omar Ahmed Bokhari — who oversees the paramilitary Rangers force which took part in the operation — accused neighboring India of aiding the attackers by allegedly activating “sleeper cells” that Pakistan claims Indian intelligence has planted throughout the country.

India and Pakistan routinely exchange allegations of using militant groups to attack the other country. The two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed Himalayan mountain region of Kashmir, which is divided between the two but coveted by both in its entirety.

The Baluchistan Liberation Army, which Pakistan says has found safety across the border in Afghanistan, has carried out several attacks in Karachi in recent years, including an attack on the Chinese Consulate in November 2018 that killed two people.

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Security personnel check a car used by the attackers. (AP)

Gen. Bukhari said Monday’s attack bore the same hallmarks as the Chinese Consulate attack, with the level of coordination and a large ammunition stockpile found at the scene.

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Pakistani police and Rangers discovered more than a dozen hand grenades, boxes of ammunition, and several automatic rifles that the attackers had brought to the stock exchange.

The Karachi stock exchange is Pakistan’s largest and oldest stock exchange, incorporated today with the exchanges in Islamabad and Lahore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Pakistan prime minister says US ‘martyred’ Usama bin Laden

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The United States “martyred” Al Qaeda terror chief Usama bin Laden when Navy SEALs killed him nine years ago, Pakistan’s prime minister told parliament.

Imran Khan’s comments Thursday came during a rambling budget speech, attacking his predecessors’ foreign policies and saying that Pakistan’s partnership with the United States in the war on terror was a mistake.

“I will never forget how we Pakistanis were embarrassed when the Americans came into Abbottabad and killed Usama Bin Laden, martyred him,” Khan said, according to the BBC.

Khan used the word “shaheed” — a reverential Arabic term for a martyr of Islam, the BBC reported.

Bin Laden, the masterminded of the 9/11 terror attacks, was hiding out in Pakistan when Navy SEALs killed him in a nighttime raid in the military garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.

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In this photo released by the Press Information Department, Pakistani Prime Minister addresses the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Khan accused the United States on Thursday of having “martyred” al-Qaida leader and the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Usama bin Laden. (Press Information Department, via AP)

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The BBC reported that opposition leader and former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif criticized Khan, calling Bin Laden an “ultimate terrorist.”

“He destroyed my nation, and [Khan] is calling him a martyr,” Asif said in parliament.

The BBC reported that high-profile Pakistani activist Meena Gabeena tweeted, “Muslims all over the world are struggling because of the discrimination they face due to recent terrorism and our PM makes it worse by calling [Bin Laden] a martyr of Islam!”

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Khan’s spoke as Pakistan’s foreign office rejected a U.S. State Department report accusing Pakistan of harboring regionally-focused terrorist groups, the BBC reported.

Critics have branded the prime minister “Taliban Khan.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pakistan accuses 150 pilots of cheating to obtain licenses, grounds them

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s state-run airline said Thursday it will ground 150 pilots, accusing them of obtaining licenses by having others take exams for them, an accusation that followed a probe into last month’s crash that killed 97 people in Karachi.

Abdullah Hafeez, a spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, did not give additional details about the alleged cheating but said a process to fire the pilots had been initiated.

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Alarmed over the situation, the International Air Transport Association said it was following reports from Pakistan “regarding fake pilot licenses, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator.” (iStock)

“We will make it sure that such unqualified pilots never fly aircraft again,” he told The Associated Press. He said the safety of passengers was the airline’s top priority.

Alarmed over the situation, the International Air Transport Association said it was following reports from Pakistan “regarding fake pilot licenses, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator.”

The global airline organization said it was seeking more information.

The move by PIA to ground the pilots comes a day after the country’s aviation minister, Ghulam Sarqar Khan, said 262 out of 860 Pakistani pilots had “fake” licenses. He made the revelation while presenting preliminary findings of a probe to parliament into the May 22 Airbus A320 crash.

The announcement stunned lawmakers present in the National Assembly and shocked family members of passengers who died last month when Flight PK8303 went down after departing from the eastern city of Lahore, crashing in a congested residential area in Karachi. The crash killed 97 people, including all the crew members. There were only two survivors on board and a girl died on the ground.

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Neither Khan nor Hafeez released additional details about the alleged methods used by the pilots to wrongfully obtain licenses to fly commercial planes. Khan said only that they did not take examinations themselves to get the required certificates, which are issued by the civil aviation authority.

But officials familiar with the process involved in issuing pilot’s licenses said an unspecified number of people who had the skills to fly a plane but lacked technical knowledge had in the past bribed qualified persons to take exams for them. They didn’t elaborate.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, said Pakistan International Airlines learned about the scandal two years ago and fired at least four pilots at the time on accusations of falsifying exams to obtain a license from the civil aviation authority.

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Hafeez said notices were being issued to all those pilots who he believed had tainted licenses.

Shortly after the May 22 crash, Pakistan announced it would investigate the incident and share its findings.

In presenting preliminary findings of the probe to parliament Wednesday, Khan said the pilot, before making his first failed landing attempt, did not pay attention to warnings from the air control tower when he was told the plane was too high to land. However, he said the pilot and co-pilot were medically fit and qualified to fly.

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The crash took place when the plane attempted to land a second time. At that point, air traffic control told the pilot three times that the plane was too low to land but he refused to listen, saying he would manage, Khan said. The minister added that, for its part, air traffic control did not inform the pilots about damage caused to the engines after the plane’s first failed landing attempt.

“The engines of the plane were damaged when they scraped the runway but the air traffic control did not inform the pilot,” he said.

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India captures ‘spy’ pigeon suspected of working for Pakistan: reports

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A pigeon suspected of being trained as a Pakistani “spy” has been detained near a disputed border in India after officials discovered a coded ring attached to its foot, according to a report.

The pigeon, painted pink, was captured Sunday by villagers in Manyari, located near the international border that separates Indian and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, the Times of India reported.

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While it is unclear where the bird came from, it is reportedly believed the bird flew from across the border in Pakistan.

“The pigeon, suspected to be trained in Pakistan for spying, has a ring with alphabets and numbers written on it,” a police source told the paper. “Though birds have no boundaries, and many fly across international borders during migration, a coded ring tagged to the captured pigeon’s body is a cause for concern as migratory birds don’t have such things.”

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A pigeon, like the one pictured above, was captured in India after it was suspected of being trained as a “spy” for Pakistan, according to reports.

Kathua Police’s senior superintendent Shailendra Mishra said it was unclear whether the bird was intended to spy, noting that people in Pakistan tie number tags on pigeons to claim ownership, according to Sky News. He said an investigation was underway.

There have been previous reports of birds carrying suspected secret messages across the border into India.

Indian authorities captured a bird in 2015 that was found to have a message written in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, on its wings, the Telegraph reported.

In 2016, a bird with a note that allegedly threatened Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was found at the Pakistan border and taken by police, according to Sky News.

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The Times of India said that pigeons and even balloons sometimes carry coded messages across the border as a type of “psychological operation.”

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Bank president, second survivor are pulled from wreckage of Pakistan plane crash

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New footage and images show the incredible moment that survivors were pulled from the airplane crash in Pakistan.

Photos show Bank of Punjab president Zafar Masood and at least one other passenger, identified as Muhammad Zubair, after they were freed from the smoldering wreckage. The survivors sat at the front of the plane, which may have contributed to their survival.

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Footage shows a number of locals carrying Masood, their arms like a stretcher, stumbling over the wreckage as they struggled to keep him from falling.

“Thank you so much. God has been merciful,” Masood said, according to officials who spoke to him in the hospital after the crash.

A Pakistan International Airlines flight smashed into a residential area in Karachi on Friday following engine failure. The civil aviation authority said the pilot called in a mayday saying that he had lost an engine. He was attempting to land when the plane crashed.

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Volunteers carry an injured person at the site of a plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP)

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Volunteers carry the dead body of a plane crash victim at the site of a crash in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, May 22, 2020.  (AP)

The airport in the northeastern city of Lahore, where the flight originated, initially said there were 107 people on board but that number was later revised down to 91 passengers and seven crew members. Spokesman Abdul Sattar Kokhar said the discrepancy was due to confusion in the chaotic aftermath of the crash.

The mayor of Karachi initially reported that everyone had died on impact, but officials later reported that at least two people had survived.

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Rescue workers gather at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed in a residential neighbourhood in Karachi on May 22, 2020.  (AFP via Getty)

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Residents of an area hit by a plane crash wait for medical help in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP)

The military quickly was sent to the scene, according to a series of tweets from a spokesperson for Pakistan’s armed forces.

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“Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops reached incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration. Details to follow,” the first tweet read.

Chris Irvine and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Pakistan International Airlines plane with 90 passengers crashes in Karachi

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A Pakistan International Airlines plane reportedly carrying 90 passengers has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore, according to officials.

The Airbus A320 was flying to Jinnah International Airport, one of the country’s busiest airports. It was toward the end of a routine 90-minute flight, when it crashed while approaching to land.

Pictures and video on social media showed smoke billowing from the crash site.

A series of tweets from the spokesperson for Pakistan’s armed forces showed the army had quickly been sent to the scene.

“Army Quick Reaction Force & Pakistan Rangers Sindh troops reached incident site for relief and rescue efforts alongside civil administration. Details to follow,” the first tweet read.

A second one said: “Update #PIA Incident: Pak Army Aviation helicopters flown for damage assessment and rescue efforts. Urban Search & Rescue Teams are being sent on site for rescue efforts.”

PIA grounded flights in March because of coronavirus, but began limited services again on May 16th.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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India declares major victory after killing top Kashmiri rebel commander

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A top rebel commander and his aide were killed by Indian forces in Kashmir on Wednesday, sparking protests in a region already riddled by violence.

Riyaz Naikoo, 35, was the chief of operations of the region’s largest indigenous rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, which has spearheaded an armed rebellion against Indian rule.

Naikoo had been on the run for nearly eight years, but Indian police and army soldiers received a tip that he and other rebels were hiding out in the Awantipora area in southern Kashmir late Tuesday and began descending on the region.

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Armored vehicles swept through the area and military officials used earth movers to dig up several patches of land, including a school playground, looking for possible underground hideouts, residents said, according to reports by the Associated Press.

Troops blasted at least two civilian homes with explosives, a common tactic employed by Indian troops in Kashmir.

Government forces then began house-to-house searches in the area on Wednesday that resulted in a shootout between Indian and rebel forces, police said. In the ensuing firefight, two militants were killed, a police official said on condition of anonymity, keeping with government policy. He identified one of the slain rebels as Naikoo. The officer said Naikoo was the most wanted militant in Kashmir, and troops had conducted dozens of operations to get him.

The BBC reported that eight security personnel were also killed in two separate attacks.

In accordance with new government policy, authorities did not hand over the bodies of the two slain rebels to their families and instead, they were buried in a remote mountainous graveyard about 62 miles away from their slaying, which has also happened to be Naikoo’s native village.

India and Pakistan have long fought over Kashmir with both sides claiming the territory as their own and the fighting in the mountainous region between the two nations has led to nearly 70,000 civilian and military casualties on both sides.

Rebel groups have long fought to unite the Kashmiri territory either as an independent nation or under Pakistani rule. India has accused Pakistan of providing support to the rebels to fight against Indian forces.

Naikoo, a famed mathematician, rose to power succeeding Burhan Wani, who was killed by security forces in 2016. Naikoo was successful in uniting the rebels, who were previously split into factions.

Anti-India protests ensued in the streets of Kashmir during the military excursion against Naikoo, and officials cut mobile and internet service in an effort to stop protestors from gathering.

Government forces fired bullets, shotgun pellets and teargas at a large anti-India protest that hit the streets and threw stones at the troops shortly after the news of the rebel leader’s killing spread. At least a dozen civilians were injured in the clashes, locals and medics said. One among the injured was critical with a gunfire injury.

India has stepped up its counterinsurgency operations across Kashmir in recent months during a coronavirus lockdown. Militants have also continued their attacks on government forces and alleged informants. More than two dozen militants and about a dozen Indian troops were killed in April, the most in any month since August 2019, when India revoked the region’s semi-autonomous status and statehood and imposed direct federal rule.

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Body found in Swedish river is exiled Pakistani journalist, police say

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A body found late last month in a river in Sweden has been identified as the exiled Pakistani journalist Sajid Hussain, who had vanished on March 2, Swedish police said.

Although police initially were treating the case as a murder investigation, suspicions of foul play have ebbed since an autopsy has been performed. Still, police spokesman Jonas Eronen told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, “we’re still waiting for a few more answers.”

Hussain, 39, was last seen boarding a train in Stockholm on his way to the city of Uppsala on March 2 to collect keys to a new apartment but never got off the train, according to the press-freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

RSF suggested he could have been abducted “at the behest of a Pakistani intelligence agency.”

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Hussain had escaped Pakistan for Sweden in 2012 following his reporting on corruption in the Pakistani government, which sounded the alarm on forced disappearances and human-rights violations in the region. He was the editor and publisher of the online magazine Balochistan Times, which he founded in 2015, but police raided his house and he started receiving death threats, forcing him to seek asylum in Sweden. He has been registered since January at Uppsala University, the Nordic region’s oldest university, studying Arabic language and acting as a lecturer.

In a statement published on Friday, the Balochistan Times announced its staff was “deeply saddened by the demise of our dear friend and the founder of this magazine.”

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“As a journalist, (Hussain) was compassionate and wrote extensively on the suffering of the Baloch people. His work often got him into trouble as the authorities did not like his reporting of Balochistan’s forbidden stories, the reason he had to leave and live in exile,” the statement continued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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