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Activist Sadaf Chughtai found dead under mysterious circumstances

LAHORE: Human Rights activist, Sadaf Chughtai, the wife of a missing Pakistani journalist Mudassar Naaru, has been found dead under mysterious circumstances at her residence in Lahore.

Sadaf Chughtai was an artist and activist struggling for the last three years to find her disappeared husband Mudassar Naru, a young, talented poet, filmmaker and journalist.

Sadaf Chughtai had put up the battle to get her husband back as he went missing in 2018. For the past three years, Sadaf Chughtai had campaigned for the release of her husband who disappeared in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mudassar Naaru was a young journalist, who criticized the country’s circles of power.

He had gone on vacation to the Kaghan Valley and never returned. Sadaf Chughtai leaves behind a three-and-a-half-year-old son who was just six months old when his father disappeared.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission has called for an investigation into the woman’s death, which was due to appear at a hearing by the UN Commissioner for Enforced Disappearances in May 2020.

In a statement, “HRCP mourns the loss of artist and activist Sadaf Chughtai, mother of a three-and-a-half-year-old son. That she spent the last three years struggling to find her husband, poet, filmmaker and journalist #MudassarNaru is a measure of the tragedy.”