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Pak journo escapes abduction attempt, assaulted and threatened with death

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Islamabad: A prominent Pakistani journalist and a vocal critic of Pakistan's powerful military, today said he was assaulted and threatened with death by nearly a dozen unidentified armed men who tried to abduct him.

Taha Siddiqui, the Pakistani bureau chief of Indian television channel WION, said he was attacked by 10-12 men while he was going to the airport in Rawalpindi but managed to escape before being kidnapped, suffering minor injuries during the struggle, Dawn News reported.

Siddiqui recounted the details of the kidnapping attempt in a series of tweets.

"I was on my way to [the] airport today at 8:20 am when 10-12 armed men stopped my cab [and] forcibly tried to abduct me," Siddiqui, the winner of France's highest journalism award - The Albert Londres Prize, said in a tweet.

"Saale ko goli maaro (shoot him)," the men, who Taha said were armed with Kalashnikovs and pistols, shouted.

In his post, Siddiqui further said that he had managed to escape the kidnapping attempt and that he was "safe and with the police now".

"Looking for support in any way possible," Siddiqui added, ending his tweet with the hashtag #StopEnforcedDisappearances.

Superintendent of Police Mustafa Tanveer confirmed that Siddiqui, who is the Pakistan bureau chief at World Is One News, approached police soon after the incident.

Tanveer said that Siddiqui was in a private taxi when he was stopped by armed men.

Islamabad Police has began investigating the case.

Siddiqui was "beaten [and] threatened with death", said journalist Asad Hashim in a tweet. Recently, Siddiqui came out with a criticism of how the Pakistani press treated Indian national on death-row Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife.

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