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FIA registers 155 inquiries, issues notices to 65 people over anti-judiciary campaign

By News Desk

January 27, 2024 01:16 PM


The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has swung into action as it has formally registered 115 inquiries and issued notices to 65 persons for spreading false information about the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) and the state institutions, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

According to reports, notices have also been issued to 47 vloggers and TV talk shows’ hosts.

In this connection, first two hearings will be held on January 30 and January 31.

The recent steps show that the Authority is taking the matter seriously.

Those who the FIA issued notices included Asad Ali Toor, ⁠Paras Jahanzeb, ⁠Iqrar Ul Hassan, Siddique Jan, Matiullah, ⁠Syed Akbar Hussain, Danish Qamar, Saqib Bashir, Sajjad Ali Khan, Syed Haider Raza Mehdi, Shaheen Sehbai, Cyril Almeida, ⁠Rizwan Ahmed Khan, ⁠Adeel Raja, Riaz Ul Haq, Sabir Shakir, Syed Essan Hassan Naqvi, ⁠Muhammad Faheem Akhtar, Saqib Hussain, Sohail Rasheed, Nasir Mehmood, Ehtisham Naseer, Sibtain Raza, ⁠Shiraz Afzal, Muzammal Afzal, M. Afzaal Bela, ⁠Nasreen Qidwai, Jibran Nasir, Tayyab Ijaz, ⁠Aneela Munir, Zeeshan Ali, Hafiz Shakir Mehmood, ⁠Ayaz Ahmed, Tariq Mateen, Salman Singer, ⁠Azhar Mashwani, Adnan Amal Zaidi, Imran Riaz, Orya Jan Maqbool, Zahid Qayum Warraich, Arif.

Drawing attention towards what he called an organized and malicious campaign against the Supreme Court judges being run on social media, from within the country as well as abroad, Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi on Monday showed the resolve that he would not spare a single person involved in it.

Addressing a press conference, Solangi had said that although courts’ verdicts were a public property, neither the constitution nor the law allowed such a defamation campaign.

On January 17, the car­e­taker government had formed a five-member joint investigation team (JIT) to “ascertain facts behind a malicious social media campaign” against Supreme Court judges.

The JIT — formed under Section 30 (power to investigate) of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca) 2016 — will be convened by the additional director general of the Federal Investiga­tion Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing, according to an interior ministry notification.

 

Reporter: Ahmad Mansoor


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