Matiullah Jan Disappears from Islamabad

Matiullah Jan, a free Journalist in Pakistan, has been kidnapped from Islamabad. Why though?

Like every other person in a liberal nation, one has the right to even criticize the judgements passed by the court. And that is what happened in Matiullah Jan’s case. A Journalist, who has been in the filed for the last couple of decades more or less, gave his opinion on many different things. Matiullah Jan harshly criticized the judiciary system of Pakistan, recently, on 10th July, in one of his tweets. He has been against the current government too, and has also been criticizing the army, repeatedly. But that criticism shouldn’t have been harming anyone, or any particular organization.

Matiullah was asked to show up in court after been given a suo-motu for his tweets. However, on 21st July, just when he was outside a Government School in G-9, Islamabad, few cars took over and stopped Jan’s vehicle. Several men came out of those vehicles and forcefully put in Matiullah in their car. Nonetheless, Jan tried saving his phone by throwing it in the school, but was demanded by a man in uniform. Unluckily, it was handed over to him.

In a CCTV footage, a Jeep can be seen turning around and few men in civil clothes along with men in uniform can be seen. An ambulance was also spotted in the CCTV footage. Soon after his kidnapping, Matiullah’s son tweeted about his kidnapping, which was retweeted about by many different people and organizations.

Journalist Matiullah Jaan abducted in broad daylight in Islamabad. #BringBackMatiullah has been trending on Twitter. #Matiuallah #Missing #Islamabad #Pakistan #InstaDaily #InstaGood #RunwayPakistan #RK

Posted by RUNWAY PAKISTAN on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Nevertheless, a question that arises is, where is freedom of Press? Or are we living in a communist state, where there is no freedom of speech? Will this ‘kidnapping’ culture ever end in Pakistan, or will it be the same till the end? Will Matiullah be released, or he would be added to the list of ‘kidnapped’ Journalists in Pakistan? May God help him.

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