New Delhi, June 6: Pakistan journalist and activist Gul Bukhari, who was abducted by unidentified persons late on Tuesday in Lahore, has returned home, her family confirmed today. Bukhari was on her way to a show of Waqt TV, in which she was to make an appearance, when unknown persons stopped her vehicle and abducted her, said ANI. According to The Express Tribune, journalist Munizae Jahangir confirmed Bukhari had returned home safe. “Gul Bokhari’s family confirms to me that she has returned home and is fine. The people who picked her up dropped her back again. Thank God!,” she tweeted.Also Read - BAN vs PAK, 2nd Test: Sajid Khan Scripts Series Win For Pakistan Against Bangladesh
Bukhari is a journalist and activist who has worked in broadcast and print media in Pakistan. She is a contributing Op-Ed writer at The Nation and was set to appear as an analyst on Waqt TV show ‘2vs2’, said Dawn. Soon after the news of Bukhari’s abduction spread, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz expressed her concern on Twitter thus: Also Read - Viral Video: Pakistan Driver & His Assistant Stop Train to Buy Dahi, Suspended | Watch
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In the run-up to elections, concerns about freedom of expression and press censorship have grown in the country, said the newspaper report. Recently, the Jang Group’s Geo TV was taken off the air, pointed out the report.
In a separate incident, broadcast journalist Asad Kharal was beaten by masked men in Lahore, police said. SP Bilal Zaffar Cantonment Division confirmed the attack on Bol TV anchor Kharal, whose car was intercepted by masked men who physically assaulted him. Kharal was then taken to the hospital.