Social Media Ban In Pakistan : Human Rights Violation

 Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has reportedly compiled a list of 33 social media users on Friday for carrying out propaganda against Pakistan Army over Dawn Leaks.

 The development has come in around five days after Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had directed the federal agency to detain the people who were ranting against the army on social media. The crackdown is being carried out by the civilian Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed it to take action against social media users posting anti-military material. “We have received a huge list of suspects, active against national institutions, but we have identified 18 out of over 200 social media activists,” said a senior FIA official.

 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), some of whose members have been investigated under a tough new cyber crime law, denounced the investigations.

 One person apparently caught up in the investigation is journalist Taha Siddiqi who said that last week, an FIA officer told him to appear for questioning. He did not keep the appointment and instead filed a court petition claiming harassment.

 “I felt threatened and I’m filing this petition as a preventative measure

 In January this year, five activists critical of the military went missing. Four later reappeared but left the country after being accused of sharing blasphemous content online.

 “It is a violation of fundamental rights,” said PTI spokesman Naeemul Haque.

 That is why, when Pakistan says that India is carrying out Human Rights Violation, no one believes it. The latest loss of face by Pakistan in ICJ also compels Pakistan to look inwards.

  However, this “ROUGE NATION” will never learn.

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