Journalist Matiullah Jan has been abducted from Islamabad on Tuesday, confirms his family.
He was due to appear in Supreme Court this week after the apex court took suo motu notice of an alleged disrespectful tweet by him.
A tweet was shared on Matiullah Jan’s account at 3:17 PM, as appears to be posted by his son reads, “Matiullahjan, my father, has been abducted from the heart of the capital [Islamabad]. I demand he be foundُ and the agencies behind it immediately be held responsible. God keep him safe.”
Matiullahjan, my father, has been abducted from the heart of the capital Islamad. I demand he be foundُ and the agencies behind it immediately be held responsible. God keep him safe.— Matiullah Jan (@Matiullahjan919) July 21, 2020
A CCTV footage clip doing rounds on social media indicates the abduction of the senior journalist who is being forced into a car by several unidentified men.
Jan’s wife while talking to The Independent said that his car had been located outside the school she worked at in Islamabad’s G-6 area. According to her, the car keys were still inside, indicating that he had been taken against his will.
“I have been told that some people forcibly took away my husband,” she added.
The incident has drawn the attention of Pakistani journalists and civil society, while hashtag #BringBackMatiullah trends top on social media.
Many have shared their concern over Matiullah Jan’s abduction demanding a probe into the incident.
Press freedom is already under attack in Pakistan. UN human rights council,Amnesty international,CPJ, IPI and many other orgs have already raised their concern abt it and now a prominent journalist @Matiullahjan919 is abducted in broad daylight frm Islamabad.#BringBackMatiullah pic.twitter.com/IgpF4flOfM— Shahzeb Khanzada (@shazbkhanzdaGEO) July 21, 2020
As working journalists in this country it's no longer possible to work without fear.Prominent journalist .@Matiullahjan919 has been abducted & made to disappear in Islbd.We will protest at every forum.He must be immediately released. .@shiblifaraz jawab do #BringBackMatiullah https://t.co/QWxanx8gla— Munizae Jahangir (@MunizaeJahangir) July 21, 2020
This is an extremely disturbing development,& highly condemnable. All those who r part of ‘Editors for Safety’ forum r requested to play a proactive role. Airing & publishing the news is one way of saving him from possible torture. Just remember:attack on one is attack on all’. https://t.co/m5U7NnIVRx— Zaffar Abbas (@abbasz55) July 21, 2020
سینیئر صحافی مطیع اللہ جان کا اسلام آباد سے اٹھائے جانا قابل تشویش ہے۔ اہل اقتدار پر لازم ہے کہ وہ انکی خیریت سے بازیابی یقینی بنائیں۔— Iftikhar Ahmad (@jawabdeyh) July 21, 2020
A journalist @Matiullahjan919 abducted from capital Islamabad in daylight by people in uniform he threw his mobile phone inside a school building but an armed person in uniform got back the phone and then they left this video is showing that how state is spreading lawlessness pic.twitter.com/FvA2mdGCYc— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) July 21, 2020