A Pakistani journalist and supporter of former Prime Minister Imran Khan has gone missing for the second time in 2 weeks

ISLAMABAD — A prominent Pakistani television journalist known for his public support of former prime minister Imran Khan has gone missing, police, his family and employer said.

Sami Abrahim was first reported missing in a police tweet late Wednesday, hours after he went missing. His family and the Karachi-based independent television station BOL, where Abrahim works, claimed on Thursday that he had been abducted.

Abrahim has long publicly opposed the government of Khan’s successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Khan, a former cricket star turned Islamist politician, was in office from 2018-2022 and was ousted in a vote of confidence in parliament last year.

According to BOL TV, unidentified men captured Abrahim on Wednesday. Ábrahim’s brother, Ali Raza, filed a police report, claiming that eight people in four vehicles intercepted his brother’s car on the way home from work in the capital, Islamabad, and took it away. The driver was not injured.

The police tweet promised that they would do everything possible to find the well-known TV reporter.

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Abrahim’s disappearance comes two weeks after another pro-Khan television journalist, Imran Riaz, went missing. Pakistani police denied that he had been detained.

Reporters Without Borders – the international media monitoring organization also known by the French acronym RSF – expressed concern for Riaz’s safety on Tuesday. In a statement, he urged the Pakistani government to “ensure respect for the rule of law by immediately disclosing where and under what conditions they are being held.”

The Pakistani media community and journalists also demanded accountability for those behind the killing of Arshad Sharif, a prominent Pakistani TV anchor, in Kenya in October. The 50-year-old journalist was living in Kenya to avoid arrest at home on charges of insulting the powerful army. Kenyan police said officers opened fire on a car carrying Sharif when it drove through a checkpoint outside Nairobi instead of stopping.

Nairobi police later regretted the shooting, saying it was a case of “mistaken identity” as they searched for a similar car involved in a child abduction case.

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Earlier this month, Khan’s supporters clashed with police across Pakistan for days, attacking public property – including a radio station in the northwestern city of Peshawar – and military installations, angered by his arrest from a courtroom in Islamabad. The violence subsided only after Khan was released on a Supreme Court order.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister visited the heavily damaged Peshawar railway station, and in a speech to the staff there, he promised that criminal proceedings would be initiated against all suspects linked to the recent violence.

Khan has repeatedly accused Washington, the prime minister and Pakistan’s military of being behind his ouster – charges all three have denied – and has waged an opposition campaign against the government, calling for early elections.

Since the violent protests, the government has cracked down on Khan’s supporters, arresting more than 5,000 people and threatening trials in military courts.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistani-journalist-supporter-former-prime-minister-imran-khan-99599019