Abducted TV reporter Ali Imran returns to home in Karachi
Ali Imran Syed was kidnapped after he had gone to a nearby bakery.Ali Imran left his home between 7pm-8pm and told the family that he would come back in half an hour but did not return despite the passage of many hours.
However, Ali Imran returned to his mother's home Saturday evening from where he has telephoned his wife and told her about his return.
Earlier, after his disappearance on Friday evening, his car was parked outside the house and his mobile phone was also at home, said his wife.
The development came a day after he had obtained the CCTV footage of the hotel showing Captain Safdar’s arrest.
Managing Director Geo News, Azhar Abbas also took to social media, sharing details of the reporter’s disappearance. “Our reporter Ali Imran Syed is missing. As per his wife, he went to a nearby bakery on foot but didn’t come back. Geo and his family have informed the police. We hope for his early and safe recovery,” he said.
جیو نیوز کے سینئر رپورٹر علی عمران سید کا کراچی میں پراسرار طور پر لاپتہ ہونا ملک بھر کی صحافی برادری کے لئے تشویش کا باعث ہے علی عمران سید نے چند دن قبل کیپٹن صفدر کی آواری ہوٹل کراچی سے گرفتاری کی سی سی ٹی وی فوٹیج کی سٹوری بریک کی تھی لاپتہ صحافی کو جلد از جلد بازیاب کیا جائے pic.twitter.com/Gcrcy35VTy— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) October 24, 2020
The family said the police authorities were informed about Imran’s disappearance and an application has been submitted to Sachal police station.
مریم نواز صاحبہ نے کہا ہے کہ جیو نیوز کے رپورٹر علی عمران سید کو اغواء کر کے شمالی علاقہ جات کی سیر کے لئے بھجوایا گیا ہے ، انکی بات سن کر مجھے مطیع اللہ جان یاد آ گئے جو لاپتہ ہونے کے 12 گھنٹے بعد واپس آ گئے تھے دعا کریں علی عمران سید بھی خیریت سے واپس آ جائیں— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) October 24, 2020
Meanwhile, the Geo News administration said Karachi police chief and DIG East have been informed about his disappearance.
As per the details from the police, the scene will be thoroughly inspected and CCTV footage will be obtained to probe further into the matter.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz prayed for the journalist’s safety and hoped that he reunites with his family soon.
I sincerely hope & pray Ali Ìmrañ Syed reunites with his family & friends very soon.— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) October 24, 2020
Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) has raised concern on the matter and asked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to take prompt action for his quick recovery.
GeoReporter #AliImran who released footage of CaptSafdar’s arrest by SindPolice/Rangers,has disappeared-can’t u qn #AliImran without kidnapping him? Will kidnapping help 2 ‘reconstruct’ widely known facts? Never. #BringBackAliImran pic.twitter.com/EnWCdXHFSz— Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) October 24, 2020
In a statement, the RIUJ condemned the incident and warned of countrywide protests if Ali Imran was not recovered safely.