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Missing senior Geo News reporter Ali Imran returns after 24 hours

Missing senior Geo News reporter Ali Imran Syed returned to his mother’s home in Karachi on Saturday evening.

After reaching his mother’s home in the city, he reportedly established contact with his wife over the phone. He has returned safely and has not been physically harmed, he reportedly told her.

Imran had left his house between 7pm and 8pm on Friday after telling his family he would be back home in half an hour but did not return since, a Geo.tv report said. It quoted his wife as saying that his car was parked outside the house and he had left his mobile phone at home.

Meanwhile, Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab said Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had taken notice of the incident and spoken to the IG. “The matter is being investigated,” he said.

Amnesty International stated that Imran was “feared to have been subjected to an enforced disappearance for his reporting”. “The authorities must establish his whereabouts immediately,” the human rights group said.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also condemned the reporter’s disappearance.

“I have heard that he has been picked up for allegedly sharing CCTV footage of [retired Captain Mohammad Safdar’s arrest]. This is unfortunate,” she said while speaking to reporters in Lahore.

Addressing the government, she said: “You have earned a lot of flak for breaking down my door, the manner in which you arrested my husband and the way you undermined the Sindh police force.

“Don’t earn yourself more criticism by kidnapping people and stopping them from raising their voice for the truth. This is very wrong [and] needs to stop,” she said.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said he “sincerely hoped and prayed” Imran would reunite with his family and friends soon.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said: “No one should ‘disappear’ in a democracy. We have strong laws to deal with those guilty of a crime.”

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