Pakistani journalist escapes abduction attempt, assaulted, threatened with death


A prominent Pakistani journalist and a vocal critic of Pakistan’s powerful military, on Wednesday 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.           



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