LAHORE, Pakistan — A rights activist known for her criticism of Pakistan's military was abducted and held for several hours in the eastern city of Lahore on her way to a TV studio where she was to appear as an on-air analyst, her family said Wednesday.
Gul Bukhari, 52, was picked up shortly before midnight and held for several hours before returning home early Wednesday. It was not immediately clear who was behind the abduction. Bukhari's family said she was unharmed, without providing further details.
Bukhari, who also writes columns for Pakistani newspapers, is a prominent member of the local human rights community, which condemned the abduction.
Hundreds of people in Pakistan have gone missing in recent years in what appear to be forced disappearances, including a number of journalists and bloggers who criticized the security forces.
In a separate incident, masked men stabbed and wounded TV anchorman Asad Kharal near his residence in Lahore late on Tuesday, according to senior police official Bilal Zafar. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, or if it was politically motivated.
On Wednesday, two gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a parked police vehicle in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing one policeman and wounding two others, according to officer Ali Ahmed.
Quetta is the provincial capital of Baluchistan where separatist groups have for years engaged in a low-level insurgency demanding a greater share of provincial resources. Islamic militants also operate in the region and have claimed drive-by attacks on security forces in the past.
Around midnight Wednesday, Pakistani paramilitary troops raided what was described as a "terrorist" hideout in Karachi's eastern neighborhood of Korangi, triggering a shootout.
Police said one soldier was killed and two were wounded in the exchange and that a search was underway to catch the culprits.