Karachi Journalist Abducted By Unidentified Men In Vigo

Karachi Journalist Abducted By Unidentified Men In Vigo
Journalist Nafees Naeem, who works for Aaj TV, was picked up by unidentified men in plainclothes from near his residence in Nazimabad area of Karachi earlier today.

Deputy Inspector General Nasir Aftab told a news outlet that the police immediately contacted the journalist's family after the incident and later, a police officer also visited the journalist's house.

Nafees Naeem’s wife told the police that her husband had left home at around 3:50pm to get some groceries and has not returned since then.

The DIG said the police have obtained CCTV footage of the incident, which shows unidentified men aboard a Vigo [a four-wheel-drive truck] approaching the journalist and picking him up.

Condemning the incident, the TV channel’s administration said that the abduction is a matter of shame for the government and urged Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to take notice of the abduction and ensure the journalist’s recovery.

“No institution can be given the right to take away any citizen without a charge, FIR or a complaint,” it said

Later, the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) also condemned the incident and said that “despite a regime change in Islamabad, adverse actions against journalists are continuing”.

It quoted witnesses as saying that the journalist was taken away by some government employees.

It urged the Sindh chief minister to take notice of the journalist’s disappearance and get him released immediately.