Rahimullah Yusufzai

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Rahimullah Yusufzai (رحیم اللہ یوسفزئی) (born September 10, 1954) is a Pakistani journalist, best known for having interviewed Osama bin Laden, and Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.[1] He is a war correspondent.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on September 10, 1954 in Pakistan in Shamozai village of Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He received his early education at his village primary school and then in public schools in Peshawar and Jhelum. Rahimullah also studied at the D J Sindh Science College and the University of Karachi.


Yusufzai was among the first journalists to report on the Taliban and visited Kandahar, Afghanistan in 1995. He is one of the few bona fide experts on Afghanistan, having reported on the country since the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union. In 2016, he also frequently appears on Geo News TV channel as a news analyst.[1] He is the current editor of the Jang Group's The News International at the Peshawar Bureau and is an op-ed writer for the monthly Newsline. Rahimullah is especially noted for holding the last interview with Osama bin Laden.[3] He also served as Time's Pakistan correspondent. Rahimullah is also a correspondent of BBC's Pashto and Urdu services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Yusufzai is considered an authority on Afghan affairs and on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Acknowledging his achievements in journalism, the government of Pakistan first awarded him with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) in 2005. Then he received Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan for his achievement in the field of journalism on 23 March 2010.[4]


  1. ^ a b http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26072034, Profile of Rahimullah Yusufzai on BBC News website, Retrieved 14 Sep 2016
  2. ^ a b Fisk, Robert (23 March 2010). "Rahimullah Yusufzai: 'The Taliban respect me. I was the first journalist to visit them'". The Independent newspaper. London. Retrieved 14 Sep 2016. 
  3. ^ "Behind the news, the truth can be deadly". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. 20 March 2010. , Retrieved 14 Sep 2016
  4. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/943236/list-of-civil-award-winners, Rahimullah Yusufzai's Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award info listed on Dawn newspaper, Published 16 Aug 2009, Retrieved 13 Sep 2016

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