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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 - 16:37
Abducted Pakistani journalist freed
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A Pakistani journalist who has openly criticized the military was briefly kidnapped by masked men in Lahore.
 
Gul Bukhari was freed several hours after being abducted, her family said. There had been outrage from colleagues.
 
She had been on her way to work when she was stopped late at night in the city's army-controlled cantonment area.
 
A colleague said men in "army uniforms" were present at the abduction, along with others in plainclothes. It comes after a spate of similar kidnappings.
 
Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, who face threats ranging from assault to abduction and murder.
 
Fears over freedom of expression have risen ahead of a general election due this summer.
 
Bukhari, who has the dual Pakistani-British nationality, had been on her way to television studios to record a show on which she appears when she was seized.
 
"They put a black mask on her face and took her," Muhammad Gulsher, a producer on the Waqt show, told Reuters news agency.
 
A number of pickup trucks had stopped her car, he also quoted her driver as saying. Where she was taken remains unclear.
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