ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) revealed that journalist Matiullah Jan has been reportedly gone missing.
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.
— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) July 21, 2020
As per Jan’s wife, his car was found outside her school in the G-6 area of Islamabad with the keys still inside. “I have been told some people forcibly took away my husband,” she said.
Police said that they had started an investigation regarding the matter. 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.
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
— Amnesty International South Asia (@amnestysasia) July 21, 2020