By: Razi Tahir
Imran Riaz Khan, a highly regarded figure in the field of journalism in Pakistan, has exhibited unwavering courage and dedication throughout his illustrious 17-year career. His journalistic endeavors, spanning from April 2022 until the present, have undoubtedly been marked by immense challenges. However, in the face of adversity, Khan has consistently displayed resolute determination.
Despite enduring periods of incarceration and baseless accusations, Khan’s indomitable spirit remains unyielding. Regrettably, his unwavering commitment to truth-seeking has resulted in his arrest on May 11, subsequently leading to his enforced disappearance. As this report reaches your hands and you peruse its contents, it is quite possible that I, the author, have also fallen victim to arrest due to the probing questions raised within.
This critical narrative sheds light on the oppressive measures imposed by the state upon Imran Riaz Khan, prompting important inquiries that resonate with the conscience of every concerned Pakistani citizen. As the hours pass, anxiety mounts for Khan’s safety and well-being. It is my earnest plea to human rights organizations in Pakistan and across the globe, those who champion the cause of journalistic freedom and advocate for the recognition of freedom of expression, to unite in voicing their demands for the swift recovery of Imran Riaz Khan before it is too late.