Matiullah Jan’s family says journalist has gone missing: HRCP

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ISLAMABAD: Journalist Matiullah Jan’s family has reported him missing, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said on Monday.

In a tweet, the commission demanded the government ensure the “safe recovery” of the journalist after reports emerged that he had gone missing in Islamabad.

Jan’s wife said, in an interview with the Independent Urdu, that his car was found outside her school in Islamabad’s G-6 area with the keys still inside. “I have been told some people forcibly took away my husband,” she said.

Police said they had started an investigation regarding the matter.

Journalist Hamid Mir shared CCTV footage which shows a mobile phone being thrown inside a school building, reportedly belonging to Jan.

“A journalist Matiullah Jan 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,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International South Asia tweeted that it was concerned about the “fate and wellbeing” of Jan.

“We are extremely concerned for the fate and wellbeing of@matiullahjan919. He has been the subject of physical attacks and harassment for his journalism. The authorities must establish his whereabouts immediately. #ReleaseMatiullah,” tweeted the human rights organisation.

The journalist was supposed to appear before the Supreme Court this week in relation to a contempt of court case based on an allegedly contemptuous tweet by him.