Armed men try to abduct Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui working for Indian news channel; find out what happened

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Updated: Jan 10, 2018 5:42 PM

It's a shocking incident. Here is what happened!

taha siddiqui, pakistan, wion pakistan bureau chief, abduction, pakistani journalist, Albert Londres prize, Islamabad, RawalpindiHe is known for criticising the powerful military of Pakistan. (Photo of Taha Siddiqui from Twitter of Aditya Raj Kaul)

It’s a shocking incident. This Pakistan-based journalist works for an Indian news channel. He is known for criticising the powerful military of Pakistan. And now it has been reported that he was targetted by gunmen. He escaped an abduction attempt after being assaulted by armed men in Islamabad. It is the latest case involving forced disappearances in the turbulent country of Pakistan. His name is Taha Siddiqui. Taha had won France’s highest journalism award the Albert Londres prize in 2014.

What happened with Taha?

Taha said he was attacked by up to a dozen men en route to the airport in Rawalpindi but managed to escape before being kidnapped, suffering minor injuries during the scuffle.

“Safe and with police now. Looking for support in any way possible #StopEnforcedDisappearances,” wrote Siddiqui in a tweet posted on a fellow journalist’s account. Siddiqui, the Pakistani bureau chief of Indian television channel WION and who has reported for France 24, had previously complained of being harassed by authorities for publishing bold critiques of the country’s security establishment.

The attack comes months after prominent reporter Ahmed Noorani was also savagely beaten and stabbed in the head after being dragged out of his car in Islamabad by armed assailants.

Human rights and media groups voiced concern over the incident, saying the use of violence against journalists was troubling.

“This is extremely worrying and reinforces the fear that human rights groups and media organisations have voiced for a while now that the Pakistan government views violence as an instrument of dealing with dissenting voices,” Human Rights Watch country representative Saroop Ijaz said. “This is also a reflection of the impunity that has existed for a long time, and has been increasing recently,” he said.

Pakistan has a long history of enforced disappearances, particularly in conflict zones near the border with Afghanistan, or in restive southwestern Balochistan province.

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