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ARY News Reporter Jailed In Afghanistan

Afghanistan is not the ideal place for any news reporter to cover because there are too many complications there. ARY news reporter Faizullah Khan was sentenced to four years imprisonment in April because according to authorities he entered Afghanistan without proper documentation. Sources revealed that the reporter had also been accused of espionage but the court dropped those charges and instead found him guilty of illegal entry to Afghanistan. The sources reveal that the embassy was following the case and would provide legal assistance to Khan to secure his freedom. “The ambassador has met cabinet members from Nangarhar … we are positive we can secure his release,” he added.

Akbar Achakzai who is an Afghan journalist, said Faizullah Khan had entered Nangarhar province to interview senior members of the Taliban, and was detained by police a few hours after his arrival.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have condemned the detention of Faizullah Khan and have asked governments of both the countries to ensure that he returns home safely.