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Jan 10, 2018 05:07 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Pakistani journalist who condemned mistreatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav's family beaten by armed gang

The country is infamous for the alleged role government establishments including military play in extra judicial abductions of people who are critical to them including journalists, academicians, activists and students

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Prominent Pakistani journalist, Taha Siddiqui who had condemned the behavior meted towards the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav was beaten up by armed men. The gang, which had over 10 men also made a futile attempt to kidnap him.

The news came into public notice after several Pakistani journalists tweeted about the shocking incident that was also reported by Pakistan’s prominent newspaper The Dawn. As per the report, Siddiqui, who is the Bureau Chief of Wion News also lost his valuables during the kidnapping attempt from which he survived by jumping out of the car of his possible abductors.

Also Read: Pakistan journalists condemn fellow mediapersons who heckled Jadhav's mother and wife

According to a Twitter post that carried a hashtag, 'StopEnforcedDisappearances’ credited to Siddiqui that appeared on another journalist Cyril Almeida‏’s account, the incident took place on Tuesday morning while he was on his way to the airport in Islamabad. While the attackers forcibly blocked his car and tried to put him inside their car, Siddiqui escaped.

Several other Journalists too tweeted in support of Taha Siddiqui. 

 

 

What remains to be seen is any suspected role the state-sponsored agencies may have had in the attempted kidnap attempt. The country is infamous for the alleged role government establishments including military play in extra-judicial abductions of people who are critical to them including journalists, academicians, activists, and students. Siddiqui himself has been on the radar of these agencies for a long time due to his writings that are critical towards Pakistani military establishment.

Pakistan ranks 139 out of 180 countries listed on the World Press Freedom Index 2017, by Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF).

While it is not yet clear whether the attack was directly linked to his tweets that were critical towards the misconduct shown to the Jadhav family, the incident is an example to the intolerance towards criticism prevailing in the country.
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