Journalist Taha Siddiqui narrowly escapes abduction bid, received beating in Islamabad

Urooj Tarar 06:28 PM | 10 Jan, 2018
Journalist Taha Siddiqui narrowly escapes abduction bid, received beating in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD- A Pakistani journalist was assaulted by 10-12 armed men on Wednesday and escaped an enforced abduction attempt.

The news was shared by Siddique himself afterward using the Twitter account of Dawn News correspondent Cyril Almeida.

Taha Siddique, Bureau Chief of online news website World Is One News and the country correspondent of France 24/7, was on his way to the airport when he was stopped by the assaulters. The journalist was beaten and threatened with death. Assaulters took all his belongings including his laptop, mobile phone and other documents of importance.

According to the sources close to Taha, the journalist was on his way to the United Kingdom for a work-related tour. Siddique was working on a project and had all the data related to the project with him when he was attacked.

After Siddiqui posted his message on Twitter, messages of support from journalists started pouring in.

"Journalist community must condemn the kidnapping attempt of Taha Siddiqui with full unity, no compromise on harassment of media," wrote Hamid Mir.

Fahad Desmukh showed his support for Taha with the hashtag #StopEnforcedDisappearances

Rabia Mehmood tweeted, "Cyber armies are actively maligning journalist Taha Siddiqui and cruelly mocking his escape from abduction attempt earlier today".

Other supporters included Kay Johnson, WION, Douglas Schorzman and the list goes on.

It's worth mentioning that, in less than 12 months, this is the fourth case of assault on journalists in broad daylight in the capital city of Pakistan.

in June 2017, unidentified men riding in a car and a motorbike attempted to kidnap senior journalist Azaz Syed. The police took up the case and barricaded all the roads but failed to get the suspected kidnappers.

In Sep 2017, senior journalist Matiullah Jan was attacked when two motorcyclists threw a rock and smashed his car's windscreen. He was traveling to Bhara Kahu from Islamabad with his children. No suspects were indicted.

In Oct 2017, senior journalist Ahmed Noorani was assaulted and sustained injuries when knife-wielding assailants attacked him. The Law Enforcement agencies again failed to find any suspects.

However, Pakistan is one of the worst when it comes to the safety of journalists. According to the World Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders, Pakistan ranks 139 out of 180 countries.

Urooj Tarar
Urooj Tarar

Editor - Daily Pakistan Lifestyle.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.5 255.5
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs197,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs168,000.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100


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