PEC demands probe into Pak journo’s ‘kidnapping’

Geneva, June 9: The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, expresses concern over the missing of Pakistan journalist and political commentator Imran Riaz Khan for weeks after his arrest at Sialkot international airport and urged the federal government in Islamabad to launch a probe to get his whereabouts at the earliest.

The 47-year-old scribe’s family members informed that he was flying to Oman after their Lahore-based house was raided by the police in the second week of May and subsequently Khan was arrested. Later, the police informed the family members that he was released on May 11 itself after some hours of detention. But he has neither returned home till date nor contacted the family members.


A Pakistan minister publicly stated that Khan was kidnapped by miscreants and the government was looking for the perpetrators. He indirectly questioned the identity of Khan as a journalist terming him a political party spokesperson (inclined to former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf).

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