Pakistani Journalist Gul Bukhari Abducted In Lahore, Returned 3 Hours Later

| June 6 , 2018 , 09:52 IST

Pakistani journalist and activist, 52-year-old Gul Bukhari was allegedly abducted by unknown men in Lahore around 11 PM on Tuesday night, but was returned hours later as the public took to social media to blame intelligence agencies for her disappearance.

Bukhari, who is known for her criticism of Pakistani military, was on her way to the Waqt TV studio for a show when she the cab she was travelling in was intercepted by two persons who insisted that she get into their vehicle.

"When she refused they bundled her up in the vehicle and sped away," said the driver of the Waqt TV cab, adding that her abductors did not say anything to him.

Bukhari's family registered a missing persons report at a local police station, but as news of the abduction broke out, several people took to social media to blame intelligence agencies for her disappearance due to her extreme views on the Pakistani army.

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Around 3 hours later, Bukhari's family confirmed that she had returned home, without giving any details about the abductors. She herself also refused to record any statement, a police official said.

Maryam Nawaz, leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, expressed her shock over the incident in a tweet.

"Extremely disturbing and worrisome news of Gul Bukhari's abduction. This is just cruel & worst kind of oppression. A sad day," she tweeted.

A vocal critic of the Pakistan army and its involvement in civilian life, Bukhari is currently a contributing Op-Ed writer at The Nation and appears as an analyst on the Waqt TV show '2vs2'.

The abduction took place amidst a growing crackdown on free speech in Pakistan ahead of its general elections on July 25.