Social media activist and journalist Arsalan Khan reached home after hours-long detention as the Sindh Rangers showed his custody and subsequently released him.

Arsalan was taken into custody from his residence in Karachi on Friday by “unidentified men”.

According to his wife “around 14 to 15 government officials barged into their house in the wee hours and pointed guns at the family members”.

“Arsalan was picked up despite being innocent. The government officials took him with them in front of my children,” she added.

According to the statement issued by the Sindh Ranger’s spokesperson, social media activist Arsalan Khan was arrested based on an intelligence report regarding his links with a terrorist organisation.

“During the interrogation, it was revealed that the accused had received financial assistance from the terrorist organisation. However, he was released after being warned for cooperating in the investigation in future,” said the Sindh Ranger’s spokesperson.

The statement added that the case was being handed over to the relevant authority for complete investigation based on white-collar crime.

Later in a Tweet, Arsalan thanked everyone for supporting and helping in difficult times.

“I’m back home safe & sound. Thank you everyone for all the help & support you people extended to my lone family in this testing time. I’m truly short of words. Love you all, he tweeted.”

AMNESTY ‘DEEPLY CONCERNED’: Amnesty International said it was “deeply concerned” after social media activist and journalist Arsalan Khan was picked up from his Karachi residence in the wee hours of Friday.

“Pakistan must end this abhorrent practice of punishing dissent by wrenching people away from their loved ones,” Amnesty said in a tweet after Khan was picked up at 4am.

The human rights watchdog urged the newly appointed Inter-Ministerial Committee on Missing Persons to take note of the “jarring disconnect between what they are saying and what is actually happening on the ground”.


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