Another Activist held in a case about ‘maligning forces’ on social media

FIA arrests activist running a anti military facebook page

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Another Activist held in a case about ‘maligning forces’ on social media

Another Activist held in a case about ‘maligning forces’ on social media: An activist has been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the first case in its campaign to crack down on social media users criticising the country’s armed forces on different digital platforms.

On Tuesday 30th, March, 2017 the arrest of Adnan Afzal Qureshi in the Defence Housing authority was made by FIA’s cybercrime wing which charged him under Sections 20 and 24 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (harming the reputation of a person and cyber stalking), along with Sections 419 and 500 of the Pakistan Penal Code (impersonation and defamation).

FIA investigator Rizwan Arshad said “We arrested the activist for [posting] a series of anti-military tweets and running a Facebook page containing such content. The suspect used abusive language against some military personnel and political leaders. We are interrogating him to know whether he is part of a group that has launched an anti-military campaign or whether he is doing it on his own.

In reply to a question about whether further arrests in this regard would be made, he said: “We have identified more suspects and will take them into custody in the coming days.

Earlier the FIA had conducted interrogations of a dozen people, however They were released after the FIA could not establish anything serious against them. “This is the first FIR in a crackdown on the anti-military campaign on social media networks” Mr Arshad said.

Conversely major political parties have vowed to resist any attempts at curbing the usage of social media.

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