Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pakistan: American Journalist Missing?

US Editor of Smithsonian hasn't been heard from in two days.

One local and one American journalist have gone missing in Karachi, Daily Times learnt on Wednesday. United States journalist Nicholas Shamble, who edits US magazine Smithsonian, went missing two days ago. A source has claimed the journalist arrived at a hotel in Karachi on August 12 and left for Islamabad on Monday. He never arrived.

Shamble had undertaken frequent visits to Pakistan, covering the terrorist threat, and had been due to interview Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Previous stories of his included an examination of the situation in Balochistan and the aftermath of the Lal Masjid operation in July of last year. The source also said Shamble was in touch with a Sindh journalist, who has also been missing for two days.

Sindh Home Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan confirmed both are missing and expressed hope law enforcement agencies will find them soon. Khan added it was possible the two were in interior Sindh, and confirmed that police there have been told the journalists are missing.

Shamble was deported from Pakistan two years ago.