Rangers release social media activist Arsalan Khan

Arsalan Khan. Photo Twitter

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers on Saturday released social media activist and journalist Arsalan Khan who was taken into custody over his alleged “links” with a terrorist group.

The social media activist was picked up from his residence in Karachi on Friday by unknown persons.

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 a statement issued by the Sindh Rangers spokesperson, the social media activist 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 a terrorist organisation. However, he was released after being warned to cooperate in the investigation in the future,” said the 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 Khan thanked everyone for their support.

“I’m back home safe and 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.

Earlier, Amnesty International said it was “deeply concerned” after the social media activist was picked up.

“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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