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Missing rights activist returns home safely in Pakistan

  • In this August 23, 2016 photo, Pakistani TV host Amir Liaqat addresses a gathering in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan banned Liaqat, a TV host, over incitement and registered a criminal case against him Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, after he called for five missing human rights activists and other liberal Pakistanis to be killed for blasphemy and sedition, officials said. The state media regulator said that Liaqat, a self-styled religious scholar, could no longer appear on the pro-military BOL TV, where he hosted a daily program, or any other local broadcast. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    In this August 23, 2016 photo, Pakistani TV host Amir Liaqat addresses a gathering in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan banned Liaqat, a TV host, over incitement and registered a criminal case against him Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, after he called for five missing human rights activists and other liberal Pakistanis to be killed for blasphemy and sedition, officials said. The state media regulator said that Liaqat, a self-styled religious scholar, could no longer appear on the pro-military BOL TV, where he hosted a daily program, or any other local broadcast. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Jan. 10, 2017 photo, members of civil society hold a banner with pictures of missing rights activists, Waqas Goraya, Salman Haider, and Asim Saeed, during a demonstration to condemn the missing human rights activists, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistani police and a family member say on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 the university professor and rights activist who went missing early this month has returned home safely. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    In this Jan. 10, 2017 photo, members of civil society hold a banner with pictures of missing rights activists, Waqas Goraya, Salman Haider, and Asim Saeed, during a demonstration to condemn the missing human rights activists, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistani police and a family member say on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 the university professor and rights activist who went missing early this month has returned home safely. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani journalists and local residents gather out the home of Salman Haider, a university professor and rights activists, following news of his return, in Islamabad, Pakistan Pakistani police and a family member say the university professor and rights activist who went missing early this month has returned home safely. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani journalists and local residents gather out the home of Salman Haider, a university professor and rights activists, following news of his return, in Islamabad, Pakistan Pakistani police and a family member say the university professor and rights activist who went missing early this month has returned home safely. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistani police and a family member say the university professor and rights activist who went missing early this month has returned home safely.

Senior police officer Ashraf Shah said Saturday that Salman Haider returned home, on the outskirts of the capital, late Friday night and that he is safe and well.

Shah said Haider has not yet given a statement to police about his disappearance.

Haider and three other right activists who ran social media accounts known for their liberal views went missing earlier this month.

Haider's brother Zeeshan also confirmed that his elder brother returned and is well.

Another police officer said the other missing men have also returned home. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.