FIA arrests PML-N activist for defaming PM, army chief & judges

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GUJRANWALA: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime wing arrested a PML-N activist on charges of defaming Prime Minister Khan, the army chief and the Supreme Court, on Tuesday.

Waleed Asif Butt, a former president of the PML-N Gujranwala youth wing chapter, was arrested after an application was filed against him. Asif Iqbal–the official in-charge of FIA’s cybercrime wing, told reporters that an application had been filed by Ameer Hamza, a resident of Model Town.

In the application, Hamza had claimed that Butt had uploaded hateful and highly inappropriate content against the army chief, prime minister and judges of the Supreme Court on Facebook.

A case against Butt was registered under Sections 11 (hate speech) and 20 (offences against dignity of a natural person) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (Peca) as well as Sections 500 (defamation), 505 (statement conducing public to mischief) and 109 (abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The application stated that the individuals were very respectable and Mr Butt’s comments had hurt their sentiments. He said that it was a deliberate attempt to malign state institutions.

An inquiry was conducted after which a team led by Inspector Asad Ramzan arrested the man.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz tweeted against the arrest, calling out the PTI government for arresting people for voicing their opinions despite the fact that the party had initiated a ‘storm of misbehaviour’ on social media.

She said that Prime Minister Khan was not only an incompetent prime minister but was also a ‘fascist’ prime minister.

She wondered whether the FIA would take action against the propaganda started on social media by the government against a competent judge of the apex court.

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