Pakistani journalist Anas Malik, who was in Afghanistan to cover the first anniversary of the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, was kidnapped and assaulted by the Taliban. However, Pakistan's ambassador to the neighboring country, Mansoor Ahmed Khan, confirmed on Friday. that he is safe. Malik, who works for an Indian news channel, had gone to Afghanistan to cover the Taliban takeover and the recent killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone strike.
Malik went missing on Thursday night
Reports of his disappearance started pouring in on Thursday night, a day after Malik reached Afghanistan. His fellow journalists were among the first to share the news of Malik's disappearance in a tweet on Thursday night. He told that Malik's phone was not ringing. No information about him was available from the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul.
Pak ambassador informed about Malik's safety
Later, Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan confirmed on Friday that Malik is now in Kabul and is safe. The ambassador tweeted, "Regarding the report about Pakistani journalist Anas Malik, I have spoken to him for a while over the phone. He is in Kabul and is safe. The embassy will be in touch with him.
Malik interviews Bilawal Bhutto
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto also shared the information through Twitter. Malik also took to Twitter to inform about his security and said, 'I am back.' Malik had recently interviewed Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bhutto on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Council (SCO) meeting in Tashkent.
Malik's younger brother Hasan Malik wrote in a tweet, 'My elder brother and journalist Anas Malik been missing in Kabul for more than 12 hours. The authorities are requested to kindly pursue the matter and ensure their speedy and safe recovery. Prayers were also requested.
'We were handcuffed, blindfolded
Describing what happened, Malik said, “We were handcuffed, blindfolded, and faced with wild allegations. After that our journalistic credibility was also thoroughly questioned. Personal questions were also asked us. He also revealed his traumatic experience by showing his torn clothes and injuries.
This was not Malik's first visit to the region. He extensively covered the takeover of the Taliban following the withdrawal of the United States last year. Importantly, the local manufacturer and its driver are still held by the Taliban. Though he said that he will release them soon, there is no update.
Taliban kills Indian photojournalist Danish
On July 16, 2021, while covering the conflict between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, Pulitzer-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui is illegally detained, tortured, and killed by the Taliban, and his body was mutilated. was mutilated. This was not the only incident as there have been several incidents of attacks on civilians including journalists.
Danish killed in Kandahar province
Siddiqui, 38, who was Reuters' chief photographer in India, was murdered in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province while covering violence in Afghanistan. Danish Siddiqui's mother Shahida Akhtar said, 'Our beloved son, Danish was murdered by the Taliban because he was just carrying out his journalistic duties. He was subjected to severe torture while in custody. Danish always showed the pain and suffering of the people. He was always brave and courageous.' Siddiqui, a native of New Delhi, is survived by his wife Raik and two children.
7 thousand media workers got jobs
Since the Taliban came to power in August last year, more than 200 media outlets have closed in Afghanistan and 7,000 media workers have lost their jobs, while the country's economy continues to shrink.