Rights group urges Pakistan to probe bloggers' abduction
10 Jan 2017 - 22:18
Islamabad: Human Rights Watch yesterday asked Pakistan to urgently investigate the apparent abductions of four bloggers who campaigned for human rights and religious freedom, saying their near simultaneous disappearances raised concerns of government involvement.
The statement came as leftwing and liberal activists prepared to hold protests demanding the bloggers' release. The four went missing from various cities between January 4 and January 7.
Rights groups say Pakistani activists and journalists find themselves routinely caught between country's security establishment and militant groups.
"The Pakistani government has an immediate obligation to locate the four missing human rights activists and act to ensure their safety," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.