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Thursday 14 December 2017

Missing Pakistani rights activist returns home

Demonstrations were held in the wake of Prof Haider's disappearance (AP)
Demonstrations were held in the wake of Prof Haider's disappearance (AP)

A Pakistani university professor and human rights activist who went missing earlier this month has returned home, police and family members said.

Salman Haider has returned to his home, on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad, and is said to be safe and well.

Police said Prof Haider has not yet given a statement to officers about his disappearance.

Prof Haider and three other right activists who ran social media accounts known for their liberal views went missing earlier this month.

Prof Haider's brother Zeeshan also confirmed that his elder sibling has returned home and is safe and well.

Another police officer said the other missing men have also returned home.

Haider disappeared on January 6, after his wife received a text message from his phone telling her to collect his car from a roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed went missing from the eastern city of Lahore on January 4, while Ahmed Raza Naseer disappeared on January 7 from the town of Nankana Saheb near Lahore.

Prof Haider, a poet, has been publicly critical of the Taliban and of the government's efforts to combat the militants.

He had also participated in rallies protesting over the disappearance of several activists from the separatist movement in Pakistan's south-western Baluchistan province. The fate of many of these people remains unknown.

During the several weeks of the men's disappearance, no militant group claimed to have abducted them and no government agency admitted to have arrested or detained them.

Press Association

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