The family of a kidnapped Pakistani anti-drone campaigner spoke Tuesday of their fears for his safety, as his lawyer accused the government of wanting to make an example of him.
Kareem Khan was picked up by the security forces from his home in the outskirts of Islamabad on February 5, according to his legal team, just days before he was due to testify before three European parliaments.
The freelance journalist was also fighting a legal case in which he had named both the CIA’s former station chief and the government of Pakistan for their roles in the US drone programme in the country’s tribal areas.
Khan’s brother and teenage son were killed in a drone attack in their native North Waziristan district in December 2009.
Dil Bar Jan, Khan’s brother-in-law who lodged a police report over his disappearance, said the family was very worried about what would happen to him.