Who is Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui? How this man working for Indian channel escaped abduction attempt?

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Published: January 10, 2018 5:55:03 PM

Taha Siddiqui previously complained of being harassed by authorities for publishing bold critiques of the country's security establishment.

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In a shocking incident, a Pakistani journalist known for criticising the powerful military said he had escaped an abduction attempt after being assaulted by armed men in Islamabad today, in the latest case involving forced disappearances in the turbulent country. His name is Taha Siddiqui. Here are things to know about this journalist:-

– Taha Siddiqui is the winner of France’s highest journalism award the Albert Londres prize in 2014

– Taha Siddiqui is the Pakistani bureau chief of Indian television channel WION

– Taha has reported for France 24

– He had previously complained of being harassed by authorities for publishing bold critiques of the country’s security establishment.

– 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.

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.

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.

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