Pakistani journalist, critical of army, abducted; returns home hours later
New Delhi: Pakistani journalist and activist Gul Bukhari, known for her criticism of Pakistan’s military and its meddling in country’s political affairs, was allegedly abducted by unknown men in Lahore. However, she was released after a couple of hours as netizens took to social media blaming intelligence agencies for her sudden disappearance.
52-year-old Journalist Gul Bukhari, who is a dual Pakistani-British national, has been vocal critic of Pakistan’s powerful military on social media in the run-up to the July 25 general election.
About three hours after abduction, her family confirmed that she has returned home and is fine. They however, did not talk to the abductors.
Earlier, many journalists tweeted the news of her abduction, creating flutter on social media.
Responding to the incident, former Pakistan Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani tweeted, “Concerned by news of columnist @gulbukhari, British-#Pakistan dual national & outspoken critic of Pak military’s role in politics, going missing. She should not join the long list of #EnforcedDisappearances in #Pakistan.”
How was Pak journalist abducted
Gul Bukhari was on her way to the Waqt TV studio for a show when she was intercepted and abducted on Sherpao Bridge in Lahore’s Cantonment area at around 11 pm last night.
The driver of the Waqt TV cab told the police that two persons came out of a double-cabin and asked Bukhari to get into their vehicle.
“When she refused they bundled her up in the vehicle and sped away,” he said, adding that her abductors did not say anything to him.
Later, Bukhari’s family registered a missing report at a local police station.