Deadlines and bombs: life as a war reporter
THE BBC reporter Matt Frei used to tell the story -- true, I have no doubt -- that he was once travelling on a Pakistan Airlines domestic flight with Rahimullah Yusufzai, Pakistan's best-known journalist.
Anxious because his friend was late, Frei asked if they could hold the plane for a few minutes. "Sir," the check-in clerk replied. "This plane will not take off unless Rahimullah Yusufzai is on board." Now that is what you call respect.
Six feet tall with a bright white beard, he is 56, an editor in the cowboy city of Peshawar, with a heart attack behind him, he sits down with the litheness of a panther on carpets and cushions on the floor of his home for lunch.