Pakistani Journalist Critical Of Military, Released After 12 Hours In Captivity

Pakistani Journalist Critical Of Military, Released After 12 Hours In Captivity

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22 Jul 2020

Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, who was a vocal critic of the country’s powerful military, was released 12 hours after being abducted, his family told Reuters.

“My husband was abducted this morning outside the school [in the capital Islamabad] where I work,” Kaneez Sughra, wife of the 51-year-old journalist, told the news agency.

Security camera footage showed Jan, who had arrived to pick-up his wife from work, getting cornered by five cars – three of them unmarked, one with police markings and another an ambulance.

Jan was forced into one of the cars and they all drove away. He was left on the outskirts of Islamabad after spending around 12 hours in captivity.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had called for Jan’s release.

“It is clear that he has been abducted,” the country’s Information Minister said, and promised to identify who was behind the kidnapping.

The military’s public relations wing did not respond to Reuters for a comment.

Jan had told Reuters last year, that he had been forced out of his job in the run-up to the 2018 general elections in Pakistan, after criticising the army general’s interference in politics.

He was also facing a contempt of court case for a Twitter post critical of the Supreme Court judges.

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