On Wednesday, a Pakistani journalist who works for an Indian TV channel where he is known for bringing out the flaws of his country's military establishment said that he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by the security services.
“I was on my way to the airport today at 8:20 am when 10-12 armed men stopped my cab & forcibly tried to abduct me. I managed to escape. Safe and with police now,” Siddiqui tweeted from a friend’s Twitter account early in the morning.
“Looking for support in any way possible #StopEnforcedDisappearances,” he added in the same tweet.
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.
“I jumped out and ran and was able to get into a taxi that was nearby, whose driver then floored it.”
Saroop Ijaz, a lawyer who works with Human Rights Watch, said Siddiqui’s kidnap attempt was worrying development and said that “violence and the threat of it are not legitimate means to deal with dissenting voices” in the country.