An official of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), who went missing from Islamabad last week, returned home on Tuesday night, family and police sources told media.
SECP Joint Director Sajid Gondal himself also took to Twitter to announce his return.
“I am back and safe, and I am thankful to all friends who were worried for me.”
Police sources said the abductors had set him free near Rawat, a suburb of the federal capital. He contacted his family members through a phone call and informed them that he was arriving home shortly.
Sajid wife also confirmed the report thanking PM and media for raising the issue.
She said her husband has left for Sargodha with his relatives.
The investigation officer of the case will record Gondal’s statement on Wednesday.
Gondal had gone missing on Thursday night and his car was found from Park Road in the capital the next morning.
His wife had submitted a complaint of the incident at the Shahzad Town police station, expressing suspicion that her husband had been “kidnapped by unidentified persons”.
The FIR stated that Gondal left his house on Thursday at around 7:30pm in his official car but did not return. He went missing and his car was found parked on the road near the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) and his mobile phone was found switched off since then.
The issue of Gondal’s disappearance was taken up by the federal cabinet earlier today, with Prime Minister Imran Khan expressing “serious concern” over such an incident has taken place in the capital.
While addressing a post-cabinet meeting press conference, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said the premier had directed the Islamabad inspector general of police and interior ministry to ensure Gondal’s recovery through coordination with “concerned stakeholders”.
On Monday, Chief Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had expressed serious concern over the rising number of enforced disappearances in the federal capital and directed the interior secretary to take up the issue with the prime minister in order to devise a policy for the protection of the fundamental rights of citizens.
Justice Minallah’s remarks had come while hearing a habeas corpus petition seeking Gondal’s recovery filed by his mother.