ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz said Tuesday that the government had been trying hard to recoup senior author Matiullah Jan, that had been kidnapped in broad daylight here in the national funding earlier today.
Talking at a media conference after the Cabinet meeting, Faraz stated he had been aware of the episode and had talked to Interior Minister Brig Ijaz Shah concerning the topic.
“Yes, he’s been kidnapped by Islamabad,” he affirmed. “That is the government’s duty to make sure his safe recovery.
“We’re striving hard to regain him when you can,” the minister added.
Taking note of this writer’s kidnapping, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said Tuesday day she’d achieved to the government, together with all the inspector-general for Islamabad notifying her that”they’re looking to it”.
The Union called the incident”very upsetting” in a post on her Twitter accounts.
Taking to Twitter, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto expressed concern on Jan’s abduction and stated:”This isn’t just an assault on media independence & democracy but on most people. Nowadays it’s Matiuallah, tomorrow it might be you or I.”
In a statement, PML-N stalwart Khawaja Asif stated:”Matiullah Jan was always making efforts for the liberty of the media and his hearing together with the Supreme Court, regarding alleged contempt of court, was also expected for tomorrow.
“shooting him at this point is an effort to silence the voice of their press,” Asif said, adding PML-N had always and might continue to encourage freedom of language in Pakistan.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif termed the disappearance as”highly condemnable & subject of profound concern”.
“The government’s effort to muzzle the press & critical accomplishments is just black. If something occurs to Matiullah, PM is going to be held accountable,” Sharif said on Twitter.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had stated Jan went missing from Islamabad’s Sector G-6 where he’d gone to select his spouse from college.
The HRCP required that the authorities guarantee the”safe retrieval” of this journalist after reports surfaced that he had gone lost in the national funding.
Jan’s”family affirms he has gone lost”, the firm added in an announcement published on Twitter.
In a meeting with Separate Urdu, the journalist’s wife said his car had been found out her school at Islamabad’s G-6 place, together with the keys inside. “I’ve been told some individuals forcibly took my husband away,” she explained.
Authorities said they had begun an investigation concerning the issue.
The CCTV footage of the incident, shared on social networking, revealed multiple unidentified folks forcibly taking Matiullah Jan away.
Amnesty International South Asia tweeted it had been worried about Jan’s”destiny and health”.
“He’s become the topic of physical attacks and harassment because of his journalism. The police have to set his whereabouts instantly,” the human rights organisation .
‘History of violence against journalists’
The journalist was assumed to appear before the Supreme Court this week with regard to some contempt case according to an allegedly contemptuous conversation by him.
Meanwhile, the International Press Institute (IPI) issued a statement expressing outrage at the incident.
“We fear that Mutiullah Jan’s life is at risk, and immediate measures should be taken to find him and guarantee his discharge from his obvious kidnappers,” IPI Deputy Director Scott Griffen stated.
“Considering that the background of violence against journalists in Pakistan, the government can’t delay seeking to safeguard Jan’s safety”