Asad Ali Toor, a journalist and YouTuber, has been given an office by the Federal Investigation Agency to appear before the agency to file a report on “defamation” of the state agency via television.
The information was sent to Toor’s house by the FIA Cyber Reporting Center in Rawalpindi, where he announced that the FIA was conducting an investigation into “defamation of the Pakistani government through social media” on a complaint about Fayyaz Mehmood Raja.
“The evidence indicates that you are well aware of the facts / facts of the question,” he read.
“Therefore, they are ordered to appear when he writes[ed]”FIA police station, Cyber Crime Reporting Center, Rawalpindi on June 4, 2021, at 11am” to answer such a question[s] as we have explained to you ”, it added.
The statement said charges could be laid against the journalist if he did not comply.
However, details of the FIA interview are not available at the time of reservation.
It is worth noting that last week, three unidentified men beat up vlogger and journalist Asad Ali Toor outside his home in Islamabad on Tuesday night.
Islamabad police say the suspects hid outside his house in another building. An argument broke out between Toor and his alleged accomplices before fleeing the scene.
Toor was later transferred to a hospital where his condition is said to be stable.
In a tweet, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz expressed concern. “OMG! This is amazing! May Allah protect him. I hope he is safe.”
In September last year, Toor was accused of spreading “falsehoods” against the government and its agencies via television under the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act, 2016.
In November, the Lahore High Court dismissed the case, saying there was not enough evidence to prove the allegations.
Back in 2016, PECA was criticized by government agencies as a tool to use in the fight for freedom of speech. The practice distorts the voices, as well as the voices that oppose government agencies.