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‘Matiullah May Have Been Kidnapped To Stop Him From Appearing Before SC’

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Journalist Asif Ali Bhatti has said that journalist Matiullah Jan may have been abducted to stop him from attending the Supreme Court hearing in the contempt of the court case. The hearing is scheduled to be held tomorrow (Wednesday).

He was speaking in a Naya Daur web show that discussed the abduction of Matiullah Jan in Sector G-6 Islamabad and the state of media freedom in the country. It was attended by journalists Abdul Qayyum Siddiqi, Murtaza Solangi, Batool Rajput, and Naya Daur Editor Raza Rumi.

According to Bhatti, though there could be many reasons behind Jan’s kidnapping, but he feared some people wanted him to stop him from appearing before the top court as they didn’t want him to speak publically.

During the show, journalist Murtaza Solangi said that Matiullah Jan was abducted to send a message to all the journalists who dared to dissent from the state narrative. He said the message however backfired after the united front by the journalists on the abduction of the journalist.

He said it seemed there was no rule of law in the country, as some institutions could bend the law without any repercussions.

Abdul Qayyum Siddiqi said it was a black day for the country that a journalist was abducted in broad daylight in front of the school in the federal capital. He said police and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) both deny that they didn’t know the whereabouts of the journalist, so where has he gone?

Despite the CCTV footage and the high court order, the police have failed to recover the journalist. He requested the army chief for intervention in the case as the government was too incompetent to do anything.

Batool Rajput said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has failed media, which stood with Prime Minister Imran Khan when he was in opposition. This is a glimpse of Naya Pakistan, she added, referring to the growing censorship.

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