LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Company’s (FIA) cybercrime wing has launched two journalists it arrested earlier within the day, Amir Mir and Imran Shafqat, after they signed a private bond.
Nevertheless, the 2 have been booked for allegedly “defaming honorable judges, Pakistan Military, and disrespecting girls”, FIA official mentioned.
In keeping with the primary info report registered in opposition to the journalists, the 2 have been charged below Sections 469 (forgery for goal of harming popularity), 500 (punishment for defamation), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and 509 (phrase, gesture or act supposed to insult the modesty of a lady) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Sources throughout the FIA informed Geo Information that the journalists have supplied written responses to the fees in opposition to them.
In keeping with Mir’s assertion, he denies all allegations levelled in opposition to him, saying that his struggles as a journalist are geared toward defending the pursuits of Pakistan.
“The allegation of working in opposition to the curiosity of Pakistan is baseless,” claimed Mir in his assertion.
Equally, Shafqat additionally rubbished the allegations in opposition to him, terming them “false and baseless”.
The FIA spokesman mentioned that the journalists have been launched on bail however investigations in opposition to them are nonetheless underway.
He mentioned that two channels being run by the journalists broadcast messages and programmes “geared toward weakening the nation’s belief in state establishments”.
The FIA will submit a case challan after accumulating extra proof in opposition to the journalists, he added.
The FIA’s cybercrime wing had taken Mir and Shafqat into custody earlier within the day however on the time it was not clear what that they had been charged with.