Amnesty International has called for the immediate recovery of anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan, whose whereabouts have remained unknown since May 11.

In a statement issued today, the human rights watchdog said: “Alarmingly, Imran Riaz Khan, a prominent journalist known for his support of the PTI was arrested at the Sialkot airport on 11 May and has not been heard from since.

“Despite court orders, police have failed to produce him and his fate and whereabouts remain unknown. On 22 May, the police told the Lahore High Court that there is no trace of him in any police department in the province.”

It stated these events constitute “an enforced disappearance” under international human rights law.

“Punishing dissenting voices using enforced disappearance has been a worrying trend in Pakistan for many years and must be ended.”

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