Journalist Gul Bukhari released after hours long ‘abduction’ in Lahore

Lahore, June 6 :A Pakistani journalist and rights activist Gul Bukhari, who openly criticised Pakistan’s powerful military and its alleged meddling in politics was freed on Wednesday morning, hours after being kidnapped by unknown people in Lahore on Tuesday night.

Her family has confirmed that she has returned home and is fine, Dawn reported.

Bukhari’s abduction drew widespread outrage as she is a vocal critic of Pakistan’s military on social media, thus her abduction became the trending topic on Twitter in Pakistan.

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

Bukhari had been abducted on her way to record a Tprogramme on the Waqt news show when a group of trucks stopped her vehicle and men in plain clothes dragged her way while other men in “army uniforms” stood guard.

“They put black masks on her face and took her,” he said, adding that he was basing his information on Bukhari’s driver, who witnessed the abduction.

Pakistan General elections will be held on July 25 and She has defended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party founder Nawaz Sharif, who has clashed with the military.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the daughter of PML-N founder Nawaz Sharif, called the abduction “disturbing.”

“This is just cruel & worst kind of oppression. Sad day. #BringBackGulBukhari,” she tweeted earlier in the evening.

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