A Pakistani journalist who has openly criticised the military was briefly kidnapped by masked men in Lahore.
Gul Bukhari was freed several hours after being abducted, her family said. There had been outrage from colleagues.
She had been on her way to work when she was stopped late at night in the city’s army-controlled cantonment area.
A colleague said men in “army uniforms” were present at the abduction, along with others in plainclothes. It comes after a spate of similar kidnappings.
Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, who face threats ranging from assault to abduction and murder.
Fears over freedom of expression have risen ahead of a general election due this summer.