Army Hits Back at Reporter, by Arresting him

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Bilal Farooqi

Bilal Farooqi, a senior journalist related with English-language day by day The Express Tribune, was purportedly arrested from his home in Karachi’s DHA neighborhood by Defense police on Friday evening, as per his family, companions and authority sources. 

Karachi police boss, Additional Inspector General Ghulam Nabi Memon, affirmed to Dawn that “Bilal Farooqui of Express Tribune” had been “captured by the station investigation official (SIO) of Defense police”. 

Memon said Farooqi was “needed in FIR No. 613/2020 u/s 500/505 PPC of PS Defense. dated 9.9.2020”. 

Prior, a senior cop, who mentioned namelessness, disclosed to Dawn that the FIR against Farooqi was under Sections 500 and 505 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Sections 11 and 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), 2016, on September 9 on the grievance of a private resident. 

Farooqi functions as a news editorial manager at the paper, as per a report distributed in ET. 

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In a tweet, journalist Ebad Ahmed said Farooqi was arrested from his home by “two men in casually dressed joined by two police officers”. 

He said police later visited his home again and officials educated Farooqi’s better half that he had been kept at a police headquarters in DHA. “Police have claimed Bilal’s telephone,” the journalist included. 

As indicated by the substance of the FIR looked into before breakfast, the complainant, Javed Khan, an occupant of Majeed Colony in Landhi, said that he is a machine administrator at a manufacturing plant in the Landhi zone. He said he visited a café in DHA Phase-II Extension on Sept 9 where he checked his Facebook and Twitter records and found “profoundly shocking material” shared by Farooqi on the two stages. 

The complainant guaranteed that “profoundly provocative posts” had been shared by Farooqi against the Pakistan Army and that a similar additionally contained material relating to strict contempt. 

Khan affirmed that Bilal Farooqi had “stigmatized” the Pakistan Army and such web-based media posts might be utilized by threatening components for their “terrible plans”. Subsequently, legitimate move ought to be made against him, he said. 

The particular presents which drove on the recording of the grumbling couldn’t be promptly learned. 

Then, the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ), in an announcement delivered later at night, said “that the capture of Bilal Farooqi was essential for the accursed and coordinated mission to choke the free and autonomous voices”.

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