Monday 22 January 2018

Deadlines and bombs: life as a war reporter

A policeman stands guard in front of the gate of a closed shop painted with the Pakistani national flag in the Swat valley region located in Pakistan's restive North West
A policeman stands guard in front of the gate of a closed shop painted with the Pakistani national flag in the Swat valley region located in Pakistan's restive North West

Robert Fisk

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.

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