LONDON - British journalist Robert Fisk was
attacked and badly beaten on Saturday by a mob in Pakistan.
Fisk, 55, a veteran foreign correspondent for the London
based Independent newspaper, was set upon by a group of around
100 Afghan refugees after his car broke down on the road
between the Pakistani border towns of Quetta and Chaman.
``It was a very frightening experience and I am in a lot of
pain but I am glad to be alive,'' he told a colleague on the
Independent. ``I'm going to bear the scars for the rest of my
life. Sadly I broke down in the wrong place at the wrong time.''
The colleague told Reuters: ``He was passing through a
village full of refugees who'd just escaped from Kandahar.
Robert told me he discovered later that they'd been bombed.
``He said that the sight of two westerners pushing a broken
down car attracted a crowd. They were friendly at first but
then a child threw a stone which hit him on the head and then
the others joined in.''
Fisk suffered injuries to his head, face and hands after
being pelted by stones. A spokeswoman for the Independent said
Fisk was recovering at his hotel in Quetta.
``Robert says he completely understands why this happened,''
she told Reuters. ``These people were refugees. They've lost
everything. Robert says he understands why they're angry. He
doesn't hold it against them at all.''
Asked whether Fisk, widely acknowledged to be an expert on
the Middle East, would continue to report on the conflict in
Afghanistan the spokeswoman said: ``We're expecting Robert to be
writing for the Independent on Monday.''
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