MIRAMSHAH: Gunmen in Miramshah released a journalist they had held hostage for two months, a local official and residents said on Thursday. Masked and carrying guns, the kidnappers abducted Rehmatullah Darpakhel on August 11, in Miramshah, North Waziristan. “Rehmatullah Darpakhel has been freed and has returned home. He was freed unconditionally,” Mohammad Amin, a government official in Miramshah, told AFP. His release was brokered by tribal elders and on Wednesday Darpakhel was welcomed home by hundreds of tribesmen shooting into the air. In August, the UN human rights commissioner urged Pakistan to investigate a spate of killings and kidnappings of journalists, including that of Darpakhel.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2011.