(January 20, 2012) – ABC News announced this week that it has hired award-winning Canadian journalist, Muhammad Lila, from the CBC as the new Digital Correspondent for South Asia.

Lila will be the network’s correspondent responsible for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the region.

He will initially base in Islamabad and will file for all programs and platforms.

Lila comes to ABC News from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto where he has been an anchor and reporter since 2008.

Over the past several years, he has traveled the world, reporting from the Himalayas, Syria, Haiti and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He is also among the youngest to anchor The Nation, CBC’s flagship newscast.

Prior to joining CBC News, Muhammad Lila was an anchor and reporter for Toronto’s top-rated news channel CP24 and for CityTV. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Lila’s background is as diverse as his reporting. Born and raised inToronto, his parents are from East Africa and South Asia. He is fluent in English and Gujarati; conversational in Urdu; and is studying Arabic.