Matiullah Jan: Pakistan anger as video shows reporter’s abduction

Published:Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 09:07

Matiullah Jan: Pakistan anger as video shows reporter’s abduction

A prominent Pakistani journalist has been released hours after he was picked up by unidentified armed men from a busy street in Islamabad.

Matiullah Jan is an outspoken critic of the military establishment.

A video purported to be of the kidnapping sparked an outcry on social media, with many pointing fingers at the Pakistani secret services.

It is widely seen as being behind the country’s mounting “enforced disappearances”.

Mr Jan was taken a day before he was to appear in the country’s top court in a contempt case brought against him after he criticised the court’s verdict in a case involving a top judge.

His family confirmed Mr Jan’s return to BBC Urdu’s Azam Khan, saying he was in high spirits.

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“A caller from an unknown number rang me up to tell me come to Fatehjang [on the western outskirts of Islamabad] and take Matiullah home,” his brother Shahid Abbasi, a lawyer, said.