SC takes notice of Matiullah Jan's abduction; seeks report in 2 weeks
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SC takes notice of Matiullah Jan’s abduction; seeks report in 2 weeks

ISLAMABAD, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (WNP/DL): Supreme Court (SC) Wednesday took notice of journalist Matiullah Jan’s abduction from the capital a day ago and directed the Islamabad police chief to submit a report on the incident in two weeks.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to alleged contemptuous tweets by Jan.

At the outset of the hearing, the bench inquired about Jan’s abduction from Islamabad’s sector G-6/1-3 the previous day.

The attorney general, who had appeared before the court today, said that “immediate proceedings” had been initiated in the matter.

Justice Gulzar summoned the Islamabad police chief in the next hearing and questioned why the police had not recorded the journalist’s statement till now.

“What are the institutions doing?” he asked the attorney general.

Representatives of Pakistan Bar Council and SC Bar Council also attended the hearing. During the proceedings, SCBC’s Latif Khosa, while observing that the journalist was “picked up in broad daylight”, said: “Is this a banana republic?”

Khosa demanded that the kidnappers be identified from the CCTV footage available with the police.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists’ former president Afzal Butt insisted that those responsible for the act be brought to light at which the court assured him that “the case was not being wrapped up”.

Meanwhile, the bench granted Jan, who was present in court today, two weeks to hire a legal representative and submit his reply on the Supreme Court’s notice for contempt.

The hearing was adjourned for two weeks.

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