Azhar Mashwani, the former focal person to CM Punjab and social media head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has returned home after being abducted from his house in Lahore eight days ago.
Mashwani took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the prayers, efforts, and support he received during his absence, and PTI’s social media account acknowledged his return.
Despite his safe return, PTI continues to protest for the other SMT members who were illegally abducted a few days ago. Mashwani’s family and friends have also confirmed his return.
The disappearance of Mashwani had caused serious concerns, and many politicians, journalists, members of civil society, PTI supporters, and human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, raised their voices against it.
An NGO expressed alarm over the forced disappearance of Mashwani, while Amnesty International condemned the act and called on the government of Pakistan to release all disappeared people or promptly bring them before a judge in a civilian court of law to rule on the legality of their detention.
Enforced disappearances have long been a stain on Pakistan’s human rights record, and they continue to happen with impunity.