Barely escaped abduction attempt, claims Pakistan journalist working for Indian media house

Barely escaped abduction attempt, claims Pakistan journalist working for Indian media house

Barely escaped abduction attempt, claims Pakistan journalist working for Indian media house

- Asad Hashim (@AsadHashim) January 10, 2018Taha Siddiqui, a Pakistani journalist, was beaten and threatened, and only escaped by running through oncoming traffic.

About a dozen men armed with rifles and revolvers pulled him out of the cab, beat him and "threatened to kill" him."They threw me in the back of the vehicle in which I had been travelling, but the door on the other side was open", Siddiqui said.

Siddiqui, using the Twitter handle of Cyril Almeida, a Dawn News journalist, tweeted that he was on his way to the airport when he was almost abducted.

However, he is now safe with the police. "Journalism is not a crime". I managed to escape.

"This is Taha Siddiqui (@TahaSSiddiqui) using Cyrils a/c".

Tweeting from senior reporter Cyril Almeida's account, Taha Siddiqui said that he was on his way to the airport today when 10-12 armed men stopped him at 8:20 AM and tried to forcibly abduct him. "Looking for support in any way possible", Siddiqui said in the tweet.

Earlier, Siddiqui had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court alleging that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had harassed him over the phone. But the FIA hinted that it wished to question him about his reporting.


As a Pakistani national who works for a pan-Asian news network headquartered in India, Siddiqui is quite often the subject of harassment online, sometimes at the hands of social media accounts linked to Pakistan's military-politico establishment. Almeida is a known journalist working with Dawn News.

"With @TahaSSiddiqui right now". A court past year ordered the federal investigation agency to stop harassing him.

Following his medical checkup at PIMS, Taha Siddiqui will also hold a press conference at NPC Islamabad wherein he will apprise the media as well about whatever happened to him in the morning. "Stay strong, Taha", Sune Engel Rasmussen, a journalist with Wall Street Journal, wrote.

This brute thuggery is unacceptable.

Intimidation can not suppress voices that do not align w more favourable narratives. Pakistan was ranked 139th out of 180 countries.

Incidents of enforced disappearances have been reported with alarming frequency in Pakistan.

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