Journalists reject investigation report in Geo News reporter’s addiction

By Our Staff Reporter

Islamabad: Pakistan Human Rights Commission (HRCP), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have rejected the investigation report about alleged abduction of Geo News’s reporter.

According to the Geo News study, the three organizations say that the team created by Prime Minister Imran consists of workers linked to state agencies who are allegedly guilty of similar past activities.

“Last month, the FIA — which was charged with investigating the abduction of Syed — recorded false cases against 49 journalists, some of whom were summoned to investigate unfounded cases against the journalist group. How can such an authority ensure a fair and transparent inquiry?” the organizations were quoted as saying in the statement. 

They called for the immediate establishment of a judicial commission and urged Khan to refer the case to the Supreme Court, citing a spike in threats to journalists, Geo News said. Senior Geo News reporter, who had been caught by Captain Safdar Awan and had been missing for more than 22 hours, returned to his mother’s home in Karachi on Saturday night. 

He made contact with his wife over the phone after reaching his mother’s home in Karachi. He told her he had returned safely and had not been physically injured, Geo News reported. 

The reporter went missing on Friday night after he allegedly had gone to a nearby bakery but had not returned yet. According to the details, Ali Imran left home between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., saying that he did not return home after hours, despite informing the family that he would return in 30 minutes. 

Pakistan People’s Party President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called the disappearance of the journalist an assault on “freedom of speech.” “The process of suppressing voices must stop now,” said the PPP chairman in a statement quoted by Geo News and added that such incidents involving journalists create a negative image of Pakistan globally

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