A senior journalist working for a Sindhi-language newspaper was whisked away by men in plain clothes and police uniforms in Sindh's Badin district, it emerged on Thursday.

Local journalist Rafaqat Ali Jarwar.— Photo by author
Local journalist Rafaqat Ali Jarwar.— Photo by author

Rafaqat Ali Jarwar, who is associated with Daily Koshish, was taken away from a shop in Badin's Tando Bago town on Tuesday by men in civvies and police uniform who arrived in two vehicles.

Nasrullah Jarwar, the elder brother of the journalist while talking to Dawn said that local police officials were tight-lipped on the issue.

He said both he and his brother had quit the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) — a consortium of Sindhi nationalist and some separatist groups — a long time ago and joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional.

Nasrullah claimed that the life of his brother was in great danger and demanded his early release.

When contacted, SSP Badin Abdul Qayyum Pitafi said no police team from the district had picked up Rafaqat.

The local journalist community strongly reacted over Rafaqat's alleged disappearance and demanded his release.