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Paul Overby
Paul Overby

WASHINGTON: A media advocacy group, Reporters Without Bor­ders, called on Wednes­day for the immediate release of Paul Overby, an Ameri­can writer who dis­appe­a­red in North Waziristan.

In a statement issued here, the group, which is better known by its Fren­­ch acronym RSF, said Mr Overby was last heard in Khost, Afgha­nistan in May, 2014.

Mr Overby, 74, is a publi­shed independent writer and a researcher of Afgha­nistan and Pakistan affairs. He is the author of Holy Blood: An Inside View of the Afghan War (1993).

The writer disappeared on his way to North Waziristan to meet and interview Siraj­uddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, for a new book on the Taliban and the war in Afghanistan, RSF said.

Published in Dawn, January 27th, 2017