Police register FIR against ARY NEWS anchorperson Arshad Sharif

HYDERABAD: Police on Saturday registered an FIR against ARY NEWS anchorperson Arshad Sharif at a Hyderabad police station, blaming him for speaking against state institutions, ARY NEWS reported.

The case has been registered at a B-section police station in Hyderabad with police claiming that he was booked for speaking against the state institutions.

“His remarks during Matiullah Jan’s show come under section 505, 153, and 131 of the penal laws,” they said adding that the case has been registered at the complaint of a man named Tayyab Hussain.

This is not the first time that Arshad Sharif has been targeted for performing his professional duties. In 2017, senior officer of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has threatened ARY News anchor Arshad Sharif in presence of the Council of Complaints (CoC) of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and lawyers.

The ARY News anchor was summoned by the PEMRA over the letter he showed in his program on September 25 and September 27. The anchor alleged that former PM Nawaz Sharif had directed the IB on July 10 to keep watch on the listed legislators, mostly belonging to the PML-N.The list is said to contain the names of over 37 lawmakers suspected of having links with banned terrorist and sectarian outfits.

“The officer even tried to pressurize the CoC members, which he pointed out to PEMRA,” Arshad Sharif said.

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