Journalist Taha Siddiqui assaulted by armed men, escapes abduction

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2018

"He (Taha) was beaten, threatened with death and his belongings taken".

Siddiqui tweeted from the handle of Dawn correspondent Cyril Almeida.

However, he is now safe with the police.

Taha Siddiqui, who is the Pakistan Bureau chief of an Indian news channel, took to Twitter to explain the ordeal he had to go through. However, Taha Siddiqui managed to escape and reached the police station to report the incident.

The Journalist Community on Wednesday voiced series concerns over the attempt of kidnapping of senior journalist Taha Siddiqui, and demanded the authorities concerned to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident.

Taha Siddiqui says 10-12 unidentified men beat him and threatened to kill him on his way to the airport. Safe and with police now.

After the gruesome incident, another senior journalist tweeted that "it was a miracle that he (Siddiqui) escaped". "Looking for support in any way possible #StopEnforcedDisappearances", wrote Siddiqui in a tweet posted on a fellow journalist's account.

The country routinely ranks among the world's most unsafe countries for media workers, and reporting critical of the powerful military is considered a red flag, with reporters at times detained, beaten and even killed for running afoul of the security establishment.

In 2016, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said in its report that Pakistan was fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and came behind Mexico, Philippines and Iraq.

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

When Siddiqui replied that his work was in the public domain and that any questions could be asked over the phone, the FIA told Siddiqui in a threatening tone and voice that it would "be better" for him to appear before it, added DNA.

"With @TahaSSiddiqui right now".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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