Geo TV bureau chief kidnapped, tortured

Karachi: Bureau Chief of Geo TV Karachi Fahim Siddiqui on Saturday was kidnapped and tortured from Karachi’s North Nazimabad before being dumped in Manghopir according to police and the victim.

Four men travelling in a vehicle kidnapped the journalist as he left his home within the limits of Shahra-e-Noorjehan in his car on Link road, said Karachi-West DIG Feroze Shah.

Shah said three of them wore police uniforms while the fourth man was in a civilian dress. They also snatched his mobile phone and licensed pistol from him, he added.

They subjected him to ‘slight torture’ before dumping him in Manghopir, the DIG further said.

The DIG West said that the suspects were not travelling in a police mobile and that they were not ‘policemen’ according to an initial probe into the incident.

He said it was an ‘unfortunate incident’ and that police had launched an investigation.

Central SSP Muqaddas Haider has been tasked to probe the kidnapping and torture of the senior journalist, said Feroze Shah.

Fahim Siddiqui — while speaking to Geo TV, said that the suspects wore police uniforms and a civilian dress.

“They intercepted me and subjected me to torture after identification,” claimed the bureau chief of the channel.

“They took me in their car and left me near Hub Dam in Manghopir.”

The journalist alleged that the kidnappers used ‘abusive language’ against Geo TV and him, adding that they also put a piece of cloth on his mouth. He further claimed they took away his mobile phone, a licensed pistol and other valuables.

Source: Dawn / RMNP

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