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Journalist escapes kidnap

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A friend comforts Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui, who escaped a kidnapping attempt REUTERS

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A Pakistani journalist known for criticising the powerful military said he had escaped an abduction attempt after being assaulted by armed men in Islamabad yesterday, in the latest case involving forced disappearances in the turbulent country. Taha Siddiqui 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. Mr Siddiqui, the Pakistani bureau chief of Indian television channel WION, had previously complained of being harassed by authorities for publishing bold critiques of the country’s security establishment.

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