Abducted Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan released in Islamabad

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Published: July 22,2020 08:31 AM
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July 22, 2020: Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, who was allegedly abducted from Islamabad, was released late Tuesday. Jan's abductors left him near Fateh Jang.

July 22, 2020: Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, who was allegedly abducted from Islamabad, was released late Tuesday. Jan's abductors left him near Fateh Jang, where he was received by his brother and a friend.



Matiullah Jan, who has long criticised the military and judicial establishment, was freed after uniformed men had snatched him off an Islamabad street in broad daylight.



Police said Matiullah Jan was last seen outside a government school in Islamabad on Tuesday morning.



Jan's wife Kaneez Sughra, 42, said she heard sounds of a scuffle outside the school, but she had not thought seriously about it at the time. "I could hear that something was going on outside, but I couldn't hear my husband's voice. When I called him, he was not answering."



She also said that Jan had been released and was back with his family.



Pakistani Information Minister Shibli Faraz acknowledged the abduction in a press conference held in Islamabad. Faraz was speaking after a weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.



"I assure you that, while I do not have all of the details, this much is clear that he was kidnapped," said Faraz. "We will try our best that today we find out where he is and what steps be taken to recover him. It is obvious that this is the duty of the government, and the government will fulfill its duties."