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NewsKashmiri Journalist from Bagh, Azad Kashmir Abducted in Rawalpindi

Kashmiri Journalist from Bagh, Azad Kashmir Abducted in Rawalpindi

MUZAFFARABAD: Ahmad Farhad, a Kashmiri journalist hailing from Bagh, Azad Kashmir, residing in Rawalpindi, has been abducted from his residence.

The abduction, marked by the destruction of CCTV cameras, reflects a disturbing trend of targeting voices of dissent in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Ahmad Farhad’s journalistic endeavors centered on shedding light on the prevailing unrest in Azad Kashmir, particularly the violent suppression of protests by state authorities, resulting in numerous casualties.

His courageous reporting had earned him recognition as a prominent advocate for human rights and press freedom in the region.

This incident underscores a broader pattern of intimidation and coercion against journalists and activists critical of the government. Enforced disappearances and custodial torture have become commonplace, signaling a grave threat to freedom of expression and democracy in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Amidst growing concerns over press freedom in Pakistan and Pakistan administered Kashmir, Ahmad Farhad’s abduction is a stark reminder of the risks faced by journalists, especially those from marginalized communities such as Kashmir. The targeting of individuals like Farhad not only silences dissent but also perpetuates a culture of fear and oppression.

As calls for accountability reverberate, it is imperative for the authorities to swiftly investigate Farhad’s abduction and ensure the safe return of all unlawfully detained individuals. The international community must stand in solidarity with Kashmiri journalists and activists, advocating for their rights and condemning all forms of repression and violence perpetrated against them.

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