Saturday, October 1, 2022

Pakistan court asks intel agency not to arrest TV journalist

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court in Islamabad ordered a key Pakistani intelligence agency not to arrest a outstanding anchorperson who’s accused of spreading faux information and hate content material on social media towards the navy, his colleagues stated Wednesday.

The journalist Sami Abrahim is at present in the US on a private go to and can return house this week, in accordance to his lawyer Raja Amir Abbas.

Abrahim’s colleagues say a court in Islamabad ordered the FIA on Tuesday to permit him to stay free not less than till he attends a court listening to earlier than Might 16.

The newest improvement comes amid a rising marketing campaign towards the navy by social media activists and the Tehreek-e-Insaf get together of former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted from energy final month by way of a no-confidence vote within the parliament.

Khan himself has publicly criticized the nation’s navy chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, with out naming him immediately. Khan claims that he was faraway from energy by a U.S. plot executed by his political opponents. Washington has denied the cost, and Pakistani authorities have urged individuals not to unfold what they name “faux information” towards nationwide establishments, together with the navy and the judiciary.

In a press release a day earlier than, the New York-based Committee to Defend Journalists additionally requested Pakistani authorities to “drop their inquiry into journalist Sami Abraham.“ In a separate assertion, it additionally requested Pakistan to conduct a “swift and neutral investigation into the police assault of journalist Jahangir Hayat” who was briefly detained this month by police alongside together with his spouse and daughter within the jap metropolis of Lahore.

Pakistan has lengthy been an unsafe nation for journalists. In 2020, it ranked ninth on the Committee to Defend Journalists’ annual World Impunity Index, which assesses nations the place journalists are repeatedly killed and the assailants go free.


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