ISLAMABAD: Maria Golovnina, the Pakistan and Afghanistan bureau chief of Reuters who was based in Islamabad, was found dead at her office in the capital’s F-8 sector, sources in the police told Dawn.
Golovnina had reportedly gone to the toilet, and had not stepped out for a long time when people who were present barged in.
She was reportedly lying on the floor covered in vomit.
he bureau chief was rushed to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) where she was pronounced dead.
Doctors at Pims told Dawn Maria had passed away before she could be brought to the hospital.
The hospital will carry out a post-mortem before handing over the body to Russian authorities.
The cause of Golovnina’s death could not be determined immediately and authorities have launched an investigation to ascertain the facts of the case.
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Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has ordered the expulsion of the Islamabad bureau chief for The New York Times on the eve of national elections, the newspaper said Friday. The Times has strongly protested the move and is seeking his reinstatement.
The ministry did not give any detailed explanation for the expulsion order, which was delivered by police officers in the form of a two-sentence letter to the bureau chief, Declan Walsh, at 12:30 a.m. Thursday local time at his home.
“It is informed that your visa is hereby canceled in view of your undesirable activities,” the order stated. “You are therefore advised to leave the country within 72 hours.”
The timing of the order means that Mr. Walsh must exit Pakistan on the night of the elections, the first in the country’s history in which one elected civilian government completes its term and hands over power to another elected government.
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