‘Reporter Ali Imran Was Picked Up After Being Mistaken For Maulana Adil’s Killer’
The authorities have reportedly said that Geo News reporter Ali Imran who went missing and remained untraced for several hours was mistakenly picked up after being wrongly identified as Maulana Adil Khan’s murderer. Maulana Adil Khan, a Sunni cleric, was shot dead in Karachi on October 10.
Journalist Mubashir Zaidi tweeted the authorities’ position on the matter and PM’s Special Assistant Shehbaz Gill confirmed it in response to his tweet. Gill also said that more details [about the matter] will soon come to light.
ابھی اور تفصیلات بھی آنے دیں۔ انشاللہ سچ سامنے آئے گا۔ https://t.co/Lw8Ev5rCjr
— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) October 24, 2020
Social media users have reacted to this new piece of information saying that the authorities are spinning the reporter’s disappearances the way SECP official’s Sajid Gondal’s disappearance was downplayed.
Mistaken identity is the new northern areas
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) October 24, 2020
buhahahaha! lookalike of an assassin! whoever came up with this story has my middle digit as appreciation!
— EH (@ejazhaider) October 24, 2020
Quite aside from the absurdity of this story of "mistaken identity", this tale also suggests that they're making a hash of another important murder investigation https://t.co/oys6q43QlW
— Khurram Husain (@KhurramHusain) October 24, 2020
It is just another form of "Northern areas visit", "brothers of the girl" and "agriculture department". They tried mistaken identity ploy with @Matiullahjan919 as well. It keeps getting better! https://t.co/8hPcVPEBEr
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) October 24, 2020
Ali Imran who had gone missing missing on Friday night returned home on Saturday. His family confirmed his recovery. According to Geo News, he called his wife to inform her that he had reached his mother’s house.
Politicians and prominent journalists had condemned Ali Imran’s disappearance, with some terming it an abduction. PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz held the government responsible for the reporter’s disappearance and said, “Stop kidnapping people for speaking up for the truth.” She added that the reporter went missing for sharing the CCTV footage of Safdar’s arrest.