ISLAMABAD: One of the five leading Pakistani activists known for his critical views on fundamentalists and who had mysteriously vanished earlier this month from Islamabad has “safely” returned home, police said on Saturday.
Salman Haider, a professor at the Fatima Jinnah University in Rawalpindi and a human rights activist, was among five activists and bloggers who had gone missing on January 6.
Police and family members of Haider confirmed he returned home on Friday night and was safe. Details about where he was after vanished were not immediately known.
Haider was the first to disappear, followed by bloggers Waqas Goraya, Aasim Saeed and Ahmed Raza Naseer and anti-extremism activist Samar Abbas within a week in the sensitive Muslim-majority nation.
Some of them had been accused of promoting blasphemy, a criminal offense in Pakistan.
The fate of the other missing men is not known so far.
It is believed that Haider ran a popular group ‘Bhensa’ on Facebook on which messages and videos were shared against fundamentalist religious groups as well as the Pakistan Army.