Islamabad (AP) — a prominent Pakistani journalist was released and returned home Wednesday, a day after armed agents intercepted his vehicle, grabbed and took him in broad daylight. The kidnapping sparked an immediate outrage of almost all opposition parties in Pakistan, human rights activists and colleagues of the journalist.
Journalist, Matiullah Jan, known for his criticism of powerful institutions, including the military, confirmed that he was released Tuesday evening. He told the associated Press that he has returned, but refused to provide any details about his detention, which lasted about 12 hours.
Human rights activists welcomed the release as of Jan Minister of Pakistan on science and technology, Fawad Chaudhry, who condemned the kidnapping.
About 10 armed men in three cars seized January shortly after he arrived Tuesday morning to pick up my wife from school in Islamabad where she teaches. Closed circuit television footage showed armed men surrounding his car; witnesses say he was thrown in the car in broad daylight and drove away.
Jan’s colleagues and human rights activists have condemned the kidnapping, putting pressure on the government, which is apparently crucial to his speedy release. His captors released him on the road, on the outskirts of Islamabad, said Isaza Sayed, a friend and television journalist in Islamabad.
Ian said he will make a formal statement to the court when he comes back to protect themselves in the case of disrespect for the initiative of the Supreme Court in one of his last tweets criticizing the judicial system.
Athar Minallah, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Islamabad, asked the police to investigate the theft, which he called alarming and unacceptable.
Previously, the wife of Jan Kaneez Suhriv told the media that he was in a state of shock when he returned home, and that his captors were after him. She did not elaborate.
The government has not made any statements regarding the incident and none of the Pakistani intelligence services recognized the abduction Jan.
Before coming to power, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan pledged to end enforced disappearances by intelligence agencies, even promising to resign if he could not eradicate such practices.
The independent Commission for human rights of Pakistan on Tuesday demanded that “the government immediately to provide” security and freedom Jan.
In 2018, January was designated as “anti-state” the official representative of the military, at that time, major ghafoor. He called the ongoing persecution of the mass media of Pakistan “systematic attempts by the military and secret services to establish control from the facade of a democratically elected government”.
Associated Press writer Asim Tanvir in Multan, Pakistan, contributed to this report.
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