Journalist Matiullah Jan Reportedly Goes Missing
Journalist Matiullah Jan has reportedly gone missing from Islamabad. According to journalist Azaz Syed, ‘unknown people’ abducted Jan.
— Azaz Syed (@AzazSyed) July 21, 2020
He further said that Matiullah’s wife has confirmed that he has gone missing. Sources say Matiullah was allegedly abducted near a school in Islamabad where his wife teaches. The journalist’s car is still present outside the school at the time of writing of these lines.
On July 15, Matiullah Jan was issued a contempt of court notice by the Supreme Court after he posted a tweet regarding the ongoing case involving Justice Qazi Faez Isa. Following the development, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) had demanded the withdrawal of the case, terming it an unjustified action during a ‘charged atmosphere’ in the country.
Later, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah had dismissed the contempt application against Jan, saying that the dignity of the independent judges is not so ‘fragile’ and it can’t be harmed by a tweet.
The judge, in the court order, noted: “The dignity of a judge or a court is not dependent or resorting to the law of contempt. The judgments of a judge and the latter’s conduct is the measure of his or her integrity and independence.”
While talking about the tweet, against which the contempt application was filed, the judge said that only a few people would have read that tweet on social media but by entertaining this application, the court would be ‘facilitating’ its propagation.