ISLAMABAD: The For­ei­gn Office on Friday confirmed the safe return of Pakistani journalist Anas Mallick, who had gone missing in Kabul on Thursday.

“So glad that Anas Mallick is safely back in Kabul. Alhamdol­illah,” the Foreign Office said in a tweet following an earlier post about his disappearance.

Anas Mallick also confirmed his return via his Twitter handle, saying, “I am back”.

The FO earlier said that all possible efforts were being made to ascertain the whereabouts of Mallick, and ensure his safety and early return.

“We at the Foreign Office are deeply concerned about the disappearance of Anas Mallick from Kabul yesterday,” FO Spo­kes­person Asim Iftikhar said.

He said, “We are in touch with local authorities and Pakis­tan Embassy in Kabul for his early and safe return to Pakistan”.

Mr Mallick went missing on Thursday afternoon. Accor­ding to his Aug 3 tweet, he was in the Afghan capital to cover the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul.

He works for Wion News as its Pakistan bureau chief in Islamabad.

Published in Dawn, August 6th, 2022

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