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Hamza says won’t apologise over Facebook post

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LAHORE: Prominent actor Hamza Ali Abbasi on Wednesday refused to apologise after a Punjab government notice which warned him regarding his “misleading” Facebook post, ARY News reported.

The Prosecution department of the Punjab government had sent warning letter to actor Hamza Abbasi alleging that his August 3, 2016 Facebook page regarding child kidnappings in Punjab is misleading.

Speaking during ARY News show “11th Hour”, Hamza Ali Abbasi claimed that he took the figures regarding child kidnappings from several English newspapers and websites, adding that the figure was also quoted in a ruling PML-N MPA’s tweet.

“What should I apologise for,” asked Abbasi.

Hamza, in the August 30 post, had claimed that in three months over 900 child kidnappings occurred, which include 400 such incidents from Lahore alone.

Related: Hamza Ali Abbasi gets warning letter for ‘spreading rumour’ through Facebook

The letter received by Abbasi today claims that Abbasi had not verified the information so he should immediately take corrective action and acknowledge his error.

The letter warns Abbasi that if he does not seek apology over disseminating wrong information, the government would be constrained to initiate legal action against him for spreading rumours which created panic in the public at large.

Prosecution department officials claimed that they would get a case registered against Hamza Ali Abbasi under section of 505 (b) of PPC under which he could awarded seven years imprisonment along with fine.

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