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Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan

From BBC - December 6, 2017

Fears are growing over the fate of a Pakistani activist who has been reported missing since the weekend.

Raza Khan from Lahore disappeared after attending a public discussion on a recent, controversial protest by a hardline religious group.

Earlier this year a number of social media activists were "disappeared," before being released.

Two later told the BBC a "state agency" had abducted and tortured them. The military denied any involvement.

On Saturday Mr Khan helped organise a small public event in Lahore which discussed the recent sit-in by a new Islamist political party.

That protest, accusing a government minister of committing blasphemy, had caused mass disruption in the capital Islamabad, turning violent when police attempted to intervene.

The army had then facilitated an agreement between the demonstrators and the government.

Some commentators have accused the military of secretly supporting the protests and attacked the terms of the agreement as a capitulation to extremists. The Pakistani army, though, denies interfering in politics.

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