Award-winning Pakistani journalist escapes kidnap attempt
January 10 2018 01:24 PM
Pakistan
Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui suffered minor injuries during the scuffle.

AFP/Islamabad

A Pakistani journalist known for criticising the powerful military said he had escaped an abduction attempt after being assaulted by armed men in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Taha Siddiqui, who won France's highest journalism award the Albert Londres prize in 2014, 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.
Human rights and media groups voiced concern over the incident, saying the use of violence against journalists was troubling. 
The Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists said it had contacted Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal "to direct the concerned officials to investigate the incident of attempted kidnapping of a senior journalist".
The attack comes months after prominent reporter Ahmed Noorani was beaten and stabbed in the head after being dragged out of his car in Islamabad by armed assailants.



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