Church and Activists call for recovery of missing Pakistan bloggers

Church and rights campaigners in Pakistan have expressed alarm over the mysterious disappearance of four progressive activists and bloggers in the space of a week.

Salman Haider, a college professor and poet, Ahmad Waqas Goraya, author of a left-wing blog site Rationalist Society of Pakistan, as well as Asim Saeed and Ahmed Raza Naseer, who run Twitter accounts promoting liberal views went missing in Lahore and Islamabad last week.

Although it’s not yet clear who is behind the disappearances, they are being seen as an attempt to silence voices critical of state policies, extremists and human rights abuses.

A series of protests has been announced by activists in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore to demand the safe return of the missing men.