Thursday, 18 January 2018
Latest news
Main » Pakistani Journalist working for Indian channel escapes abduction bid in Islamabad

Pakistani Journalist working for Indian channel escapes abduction bid in Islamabad

10 January 2018

Taha Siddiqui was driving to Islamabad airport at 8:20am today when the auto he was traveling in was besieged by at least 10 armed men, who beat him, threatened to kill him, and tried to abduct him.

"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 victor of Frances highest journalism award - The Albert Londres Prize, said in a tweet. "I was on my way to airport today at 8:20am whn 10-12 armed men stopped my cab and forcibly tried to abduct me", he added that he managed to escape and was safe and with police now.

Renowned journalist Taha Siddiqui, who heads the Pakistan bureau for an Indian news channel, claimed that he was beaten blue and black by the men but he managed to escape.

About a dozen men armed with rifles and revolvers pulled him out of the cab, beat him and "threatened to kill" him, he said.

"I saw a military vehicle and shouted for help but one of the abductors gestured (the vehicle) to move on and they did", Siddiqui said in the police statement, adding he had previously been "intimidated" by civilian and military security officials.

More news: Walt Disney (DIS) Upgraded by Vetr to Buy

In 2016, Almeida was banned from leaving the country after he had written an editorial piece in The Dawn titled "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" where he said that instead of taking action against terrorist groups, the government and the country's military was lecturing journalists. He is now at the police station where he says he is safe.

He also used the hashtag #StopEnforcedDisappearances in the same tweet.

Siddiqui a year ago filed a court petition to stop the agency from harassing him. All four fled overseas and two afterwards told media that they were tortured by a state intelligence agency during their disappearance.

The assault on the reporters followed a crackdown on social media activists earlier in 2017 when five bloggers, who had taken stands against religious intolerance and criticised Pakistan's military, were abducted within days of each other.

The Islamabad police has confirmed that Siddiqui was piled into a auto by the armed men but managed to escape by jumping out of the moving vehicle.

More news: Serena reveals all about her September medical scare

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.

He mentioned that although they threw him on the back of the vehicle, he somehow managed to escape from the other side of the door.

"I jumped out and ran, and was able to get into a taxi that was nearby, whose driver then floored it".

Siddiqui feared that his life was under threat and appealed the police to provide protection to him and his family.

Siddiqui previous year filed a court petition to stop the agency from harassing him.

More news: Robert De Niro Has The Strongest Words For US President, Donald Trump

Pakistani Journalist working for Indian channel escapes abduction bid in Islamabad