Pakistan: Govt files FIR against senior journalists over sedition charges
Islamabad: Pakistan government has registered cases against journalists Imran Riaz Khan, Sabir Shakir and Arshad Sharif for allegedly criticising state institutions and “abetting mutiny”, it emerged on Sunday.
The first information report (FIR) against Khan, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, was registered in Thatta's Dhabeji police station under Sections 131 (incitement to mutiny), 153 (provoking to cause riot), 452 (trespassing) and 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
The FIR said that the complainant had heard Khan talking against the army and the institutions in a "derogatory and provocative language" on social media, reports the Pakistani newspaper.
Meanwhile, a pair of FIRs were also registered against anchorperson Arshad Sharif on Friday and Thursday in Hyderabad and Karachi. The FIRs, copies of which are available with Dawn.com, were registered under Sections 131, 153 and 505 of the PPC.
Interestingly, the journalists against whom cases have been filed are more closer to Imran Khan's PTI.
PTI chief Imran Khan has condemned the filing of FIRs against the journalists.