Declan Walsh is the acclaimed New York Times Pakistan Bureau Chief. He was Declan Walsh was the Guardian's correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2011. He has lived an worked in Pakistan for 9 years but last month he was given 72 hours to leave Pakistan after finding six policeman outside his home in the early hours of the morning. The deadline for his departure coincided with election day, which marks the first time that a civilian government has completed its term in the history of Pakistan. The “expulsion” of Mr Walsh “contradicts” the impression that Pakistan has reached a democratic milestone, wrote Jill Abramson, the executive editor of the New York Times, in a letter of protest to the interior minister.