A reporter working for Geo News who went missing in Karachi on Friday has returned home, his brother confirmed to Dawn on Saturday evening.

Ali Imran Syed reached his mother’s residence in the city and reportedly established contact with his wife. He has returned safely and has not been physically harmed, he told her, according to the media outlet.

Imran had left his house in Block 8-A of Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Friday between 7pm and 8pm to purchase some biscuits from a nearby bakery but did not return home, according to the first information report (FIR) of the incident registered on the complaint of his brother, Syed Talib Abbas Rizvi.

Geo.tv report said the journalist had told his family he would be back home in half an hour. It quoted his wife as saying that his car was parked outside the house and he had left his mobile phone at home.

The FIR was lodged at the Sachal police station under Sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code, with Rizvi stating that his younger brother was kidnapped by unidentified persons for some unknown reasons.

The Geo News administration stated that the Karachi police chief and DIG East had been informed about Imran’s disappearance, the publication said, adding that the family had also submitted a report to Sachal police station.

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.

 

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