Missing Pakistani activist Salman Haider reunited with family

Missing Pakistani blogger Salman Haider found

Missing Pakistani blogger Salman Haider found

Salman Haider, a human rights activist and blogger who had gone missing from Islamabad almost three weeks ago, finally reached home, police said on Saturday.

Haider, who has written for the country's largest English-language newspaper and teaches at Fatima Jinnah Women's University in the city of Rawalpindi, some 15km from capital Islamabad, disappeared on January 6 in the capital. A United Nations human rights expert on January 12 called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a priority to locate and protect the disappeared human rights and social media campaigners, saying no government should tolerate attacks on its citizens.

Pakistan has had a history of enforced disappearances over the past decade, but they have mainly been confined to conflict zones near the Afghanistan border or to Balochistan province where separatists are battling for independence.

No group had claimed responsibility for the bloggers' disappearances.

Pakistani journalists and local residents gather out the home of Salman Haider a university professor and rights activists following news of his return
Missing blogger Salman Haider reaches home

The whereabouts of the other four men are not known.

Blasphemy is a serious allegation in deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan, and it has prompted further concerns for their safety. Families and human rights activists have been demanding their safe recovery. His disappearance led to an online campaign for his safe return.

Correction 28 January 2017: This story has been amended to clarify that only Mr Haider has returned home.

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