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Anti-state material on social media: IHC summons FIA head

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) of Wednesday summoned director general Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in a case pertaining to uploading of anti-state material on social media, ARY News reported.

A petition was filed with the IHC against government inaction on persons involved in posting content against the state and its institutions. The court issued the aforementioned directions while hearing a petition moved by Farrukh Nawaz Bhatti through his counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi.

The hearing of the case was conducted by a single-member bench Justice Amir Farooq. After issuing summon to DG FIA, the court adjourned the hearing till January 21.

FIA directed to take action against ‘exploiters’ on social media

In one of the previous hearings, the Islamabad High Court had sought replies from secretary interior, secretary information technology and DG FIA regarding action against people involved in uploading anti-state material on social media.

The bench heard the petition and also sought replies from chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) by issuing notices to them.

He had cited the secretary IT, secretary interior, chairman PTA, chairman Pemra and DG FIA as respondents.

On Dec 12, State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi had said that anti-state activities will not be tolerated at any cost.

He was addressing the International Students Convention in the federal capital, Shehryar Afridi said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had adopted zero tolerance policy against extremism and anti-state activities.

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