Pakistan News Service

Saturday May 26, 2018, Ramadan 11, 1439 Hijri
Logo Logo
Pakistan News Home -> Tribune Corner -> News Details

Federal govt is abusing cybercrime law: Imran Khan

18 May, 2017

  Related News  
ICJ will give verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav case today
PM firm believer of political empowerment of people through economic development
  More on this View All

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday accused the federal government of abusing the cybercrime law to victimise his party’s social media activists.

“Govt abusing cybercrime law to politically victimise PTI social media activists by threatening/arresting them. Unacceptable in a democracy,” Mr Khan posted on Twitter following the arrest of Salar Kakar, a PTI social media activist from Balochistan.

According to posts on Mr Kakar’s Twitter page, he was summoned by police on Tuesday. “Told to submit mobile & laptop to [Federal Investigation Agency],” he had tweeted.

A former president of the PTI’s Balochistan chapter, Qasim Suri, accompanied Mr Kakar to the police station. He told reporters that police had told Mr Kakar the FIA had been asking about him.

He said that he had taken him to the FIA office along with his mobile phone and laptop, adding that Mr Kakar was asked to disclose the passwords of all his social media accounts.

Mr Suri said an FIA deputy director had received instructions from Islamabad to bring Mr Kakar to the capital. He said while the nature of the allegation levelled against him was not disclosed, the social media activist was not allowed to return home to fetch any belongings and was brought to Islamabad by road.

Mr Suri confirmed that Mr Kakar had received a notice from the FIA’s counterterrorism wing, seeking his appearance before the agency. “Non-compliance to this order is punishable under law. Therefore your wilful non-obedience of the order will render you liable for criminal proceedings under section 174 of the Pakistan Penal Code,”.

The notice was issued with the signature of Nauman Ashraf Bodla, a deputy director who had been transferred from the cybercrime wing. According to the notice, Mr Kakar is required to appear before the FIA’s counterterrorism wing today (Thursday) at 11am.

The PTI has also decided to forcefully raise the issue in parliament.

On Wednesday, PTI lawmakers submitted a calling-attention notice seeking to discuss “the issue of harassment of social media activists” and the alleged signing of secret agreements with social media sites to block accounts of users who are critical of government policies. The notice was submitted by MNAs Asad Umar, retired Col Amirullah Marwat, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak, Aquibullah and Dr Shireen Mazari.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites