Death of ‘Baloch Kafka’ in Sweden; body found in Uppsala River
Author: Ahmar Mustikhan
The journalist, who was editor in chief of Balochistan Times — banned on the internet by the Government of Pakistan– had a sadness in his eyes. Perhaps a reflection of the tragedy that had befallen his native Balochistan, or the land of the Baloch, in southwest Asia.
His name was Sajid Husain, 39, but friends called him Kafka because of his love of books. The voracious reader was last seen headed for the student dorm of the Upsala University March 2 where he was shifting. He had been admitted to the Master’s program with an intent to do his Ph.D. in Balochi language.
Husain had escaped Pakistan to save his life from the infamous kill and dump policy of the Pakistan army. He had fearlessly written about enforced disappearances in Balochistan. That, coupled with his expose on drug lynchpin named Imam Bheel, who works for the ISI in Balochistan, forced him to flee Pakistan. Traversing through a couple of countries he finally reached Sweden. He applied for asylum which was granted to him.
Circumstantial evidence points out that Husain was killed at the behest of the notorious ISI. According to the News International, the attack on the blogger, Ahmad Waqass Goraya, was carried out by two men in Rotterdam, Holland, on February 2– exactly one month before Husain’s disappearance. “I was on the phone when a man appeared and began punching me in the face while I saw another man with him filming the attack,” he told Reporters San Frontiers (RSF). The ISI attackers told Goraya, a fierce critic of the Pakistan army, that they knew exactly where he lived.
Well-known columnist and intellectual Hasan Mujtaba notes that the city of Uppsala where Husain was killed is home to criminal mafias from around the world. Pashtun activist Najeeb Kakar, who works with Pasthun Council America, concurs that ISI could use hired assassins to do the job. Kakar himself had received ISI bullets when he was in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, several years ago. His main sin was solidarity with Baloch people struggle for their right to self-determination.
This was not the first tragedy of its kind in the Husain family. His uncle Ghulam Mohammed and two of his comrades, were forcibly disappeared by the secret services loyal to the Pakistan army from their lawyer Kachkol Ali’s office in Turbat. Their badly mutilated bodies were later found in the Baloch wilderness. Their lawyer Kachkol Ali escaped to Norway, where he now lives with his family.
According to the former speaker of the Balochistan assembly Mir Akram Dashti his native Kech valley had produced three English journalists of world standards– Husain, Shehmir Baloch and Kiya Baloch. He added Husain was the senior-most among the three.
The killing has left Baloch Diaspora members aghast. Dr Tara Chand, a former government minister from Balochistan, who now lives in Miami Florida, said, “It is now incumbent on the Swedish government to fully investigate the circumstances of his death.” He added, “If a journalist is not secure in Sweden than no one is. Sajid Hussain had escaped from the kill and dump policy of the Pakistan army in his native Balochistan and none expected his life to be snuffed out in this way.”
Though the RSF asserted that Husain was killed by the ISI, according to the Yahoo news, “a Swedish police spokesman told the BBC their initial investigation did not suggest any foul play in the death.”