Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has taken notice of an alleged attempt to kidnap journalist Taha Siddiqui in Islamabad early Wednesday.
Taha Siddiqui , the bureau chief of India based WION TV, was on his way to the Islamabad airport in an Uber when he was attacked.
Siddiqui escaped an abduction attempt after being assaulted by 4-6 armed men on his way to the airport on Wednesday morning.
“I was on my way to the airport today at 8:20 AM when 10-12 armed men stopped my cab and forcibly tried to abduct me. I managed to escape. Safe and with police now. Looking for support in any way possible,” he said on Twitter using account of another journalist Cyril Almeida.
In the press conference, Siddiqui said he considers his escape a miracle and was still recovering from the shock.
“They held a handgun on me, while one of the men asked to ‘shoot him in the leg’,” he said, adding that the cab driver witnessed the entire episode.
Bureau chief of World is One News, Siddiqui had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court in May 2017 over alleged harassment by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). After hearing the petition, the Islamabad High Court had directed the FIA to stop harassing the journalist.