ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Syed Shibli Faraz has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government are firmly committed to the freedom of media, the betterment of journalists, and provision of a conducive environment.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Shibli Faraz said that the government will continue to strive for the promotion of independent and responsible journalism.
The information minister said that we all express best wishes over Journalist Matiullah Jan’s safe return.
The senior journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted from G-6 Sector in Islamabad on Tuesday by unidentified persons; however, 12 hours later, he was released near Fateh Jang, a tehsil of Punjab’s Attock district located nearly 25 miles southwest of Islamabad.
I am back home safe & sound. God has been kind to me & my family. I am grateful to friends, national & int. journalist community, political parties, social media & rights activists, lawyers bodies, the judiciary for their quick response which made it possible.
— Matiullah Jan (@Matiullahjan919) July 22, 2020
His abduction sparked anger among the Journalist Community, demanding the government to take timely and appropriate measures to ensure his immediate release.
Along with the Journalist Community, political parties as well as the Federal Cabinet members including the Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry and the Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also raised voices for release of Matiullah Jan and strongly denounced such heinous crimes.
مطیع اللہ جان کا اغواہء پریشان کن اور افسوسناک ہے، مجھے امید ہے اسلام آباد پولیس اور سیکیورٹی ایجنسیز @Matiullahjan919 کی بازیابی کیلئے ہر ممکن اقدامات اٹھائیں گی۔۔۔۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) July 21, 2020
Glad to see @Matiullahjan919 free. Such actions are in violation of our Constitution & our int obligations under HR conventions Pak ratified. Citizens cannot live in a constant state of fear and due legal process is the right of all citizens in any democracy.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) July 21, 2020