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— DawnNews
— DawnNews

Human rights activist and Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) professor Salman Haider has been reported missing from Islamabad.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered at the Lohi Bher police station and police are investigating it as a possible kidnapping.

Salman's brother, Zeeshan Haider, told DawnNews his brother was in the Bani Gala region with his friends on the night of Jan 6 and had called his wife to let her know that he would be home by 8pm.

When Salman did not return by 10pm, his wife called to check up on him but his phone went unanswered, Zeeshan added.

His wife later received a text message telling her to pick Salman's car from Koral Chowk, Zeeshan said.

The police later found the missing professor's car from Korang Town, police sources said.

Salman is popular for his Urdu poetry, which explores and critiques prevalent socio-political issues in Pakistan. He is listed as a lecturer in the Gender Studies department of FJWU on the university's website.

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Feroz Jan 07, 2017 04:22pm

One more gone missing, hope he shows up in a few days.

amed Jan 07, 2017 04:30pm

Activism a dangerous business in Pakistan. Best wishes for his well being.

Rizwan Jan 07, 2017 04:39pm

Praying for his quick and safe return.

Haider Jan 07, 2017 04:43pm

Who was he?

Baba Jan 07, 2017 04:56pm

Activesim is risky game. I wish he turns up safe and soon.

Khurram Jan 07, 2017 04:56pm

No one should try to protect human rights in Pakistan.

Iftikhar Husain Jan 07, 2017 05:38pm

Life is not secure in Pakistan it could be the opposite political party involved.

Asif A. Shah Jan 07, 2017 05:43pm

It goes to show that the security situation in Pakistan has yet to improve a great deal more.

asif Jan 07, 2017 05:50pm

@Haider, he was a human and a good Pakistani. Isn't that enough? Need to get out and what good people are around us working.

S. A. M. Jan 07, 2017 05:56pm

what a shame that those trying to bring some relief to a common are being silenced. however, the killers roam around scott free without a fear.

Ahsan gul Jan 07, 2017 06:28pm

Here you go. Another twist for all a divergence from PanamaGate issue.

Alba Jan 07, 2017 07:06pm

@asif ... .. "Good people" can't protect themselves. Only bad people can protect themselves.

Alba Jan 07, 2017 07:11pm

@S. A. M. ..... .... Good people must be protected by good government. They are afraid to protect themselves.

Masood Khan Jan 07, 2017 07:12pm

When governments can't handle those who defaced portraits of iconic women in presence of LEAs, how come they go tracking a missing human rights activist?

Khan USA Jan 07, 2017 07:33pm

Missing for speaking truth !

Philosopher(from japan) Jan 07, 2017 07:53pm

@Ahsan gul over sensitivity is not good for mental health.

Shah Jan 07, 2017 08:10pm

@Baba you think it a game thats why Pakistan is in this mess

Friend of khalistan Jan 07, 2017 08:12pm

@amed Much safer than your country, where activists are sent to jail on espionage or sedition charges. Kashmir ring a bell?

Agha Ata Jan 07, 2017 08:28pm

I hope Salman is safe and that nothing bad happened to him. But just in case there has been some mishap, it is a real tragedy for a developing country. It is so difficult whom to blame, and then what to do even if our blame is right.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 07, 2017 09:15pm

Missing from posh area and that too of Islamabad which is nothing but the capital of Islamic Republic of Pakistan which itself proves that when the life is not secured in Islamabad then how we cry out if someone is kidnapped in Karachi, Lahore , Quetta and Peshawar for that matter. I very vividly remember that lives were not so endangered till 1976 when I flew out of my beloved Pakistan but alas it is not that safe any more but why and how I am simply clueless. I wish he returns safe and sound. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Jan 07, 2017 09:33pm

What a tragedy? Were has be gone?

Secular Pathan Jan 07, 2017 09:30pm

State must not fail its citizens

Gokarn Jan 07, 2017 10:58pm

Except some European countries nowhere in the world a right activist is safe. Particularly our sub continent is most dangerous because they more often termed anti national. Pray and hope for his safe return

Zulfeqar Canada. Jan 08, 2017 12:01am

@Haider A missing Pakistani citizen.

Salman Jan 08, 2017 02:13am

These incidents will not stop happening until Pakistan becomes a genuinely democratic country where the institutions staffed by persons elected by the people hold genuine authority over all forces.

arsHAD, Canada Jan 08, 2017 09:23am

@Haider , Now a Missing Pakistani!

arsHAD, Canada Jan 08, 2017 09:27am

@Ahsan gul , what Panama Leaks has to with this?

kahloon Jan 08, 2017 01:48pm

how long it will continue in the era of ifithkhar choudhry it was looking to stop but in the era of jamali it was emerged with full force

Syed Kausar Abbas Jan 08, 2017 08:37pm

Space for civil society activists is being shrinked by anti state elements who doesn't want voice of people to come up and raise the issues. Government and civil society both needs to make strategy to strengthen and protect social activists.

John Sullivan Jan 08, 2017 10:44pm

One more good soul gone. I pray for his safe return

nasiroski Jan 09, 2017 05:01am

How long will this go on?