IHC heard petition on blocking Gulalai Ismail’s social media accounts

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday heard a petition seeking to deletion and blocking of social media accounts of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Gulalai Ismail.

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IHC sought replies from Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and the federal Ministry of Interior.

Justice Amir Farooq, in his remarks for the case, said it was necessary for PEMRA to take appropriate action if anybody talks against religion, the state or its institutions.

On May 23, Islamabad police filed a case against the PTM leader for allegedly creating unrest and inciting violence, defaming state institutions.

The first information report (FIR) lodged against the PTM leader mentions sections 500 (punishment for defamation), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code, as well as sections 6/7 of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.

Ismail purportedly incited law-abiding citizens to commit treason and violence, while addressing a protest demonstration against the brutal rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl named Farishta, said the report.

Ismail, according to the FIR, is accused of delivering hate speech, inciting ethnic sentiments against the state and Pakistan Army, and causing a sense of fear and terror among people.

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