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IHC heard petition against harassment of senior anchorperson Sami Ibrahim

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) heard the petition by anchorperson Sami Ibrahim against the harassment by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

As per details, the hearing was held in IHC at the request of the President of Bol News, senior journalist, and anchorperson Sami Ibrahim’s mother in the FIA harassment case.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition.

Petitioner Raja Amir Abbas informed the court that Sami Ibrahim is currently residing in the United States (US) and will land back on May 15. He also submitted a copy of the anchorperson’s air ticket.

While replying to a question, the lawyer said that FIA issued a press release in regards to Sami Ibrahim’s videos claiming that the content is anti-state.

Lawyer Raja Abbas requested the court to direct FIA not to harass the anchorperson till the further decision of the court.

Not only this, it was also requested in the petition not to arrest Sami Ibrahim upon his return from the US.

Earlier, journalists’ organizations across the country staged a protest against the FIA’s issuance of notice to senior anchorperson Sami Ibrahim in which a large number of journalists, citizens and members of civil society participated.

Notably, FIA summoned the anchorperson in person on May 13 (Friday) at 11:00 a.m, under PECA’s Section 20, which criminalises defamation, according to the notification. The FIA notification stated that the journalist’s video “spread false and baseless claims against high government personnels.”

The notification further read that Ibrahim constructed a narrative with the goal of instilling fear, terror, insecurity, and unrest between government officials/military personnel and the general public.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim tweeted in response to the summons that his lawyer Raja Aamir Abbas has notified the agency that he is out of the country and will take required legal measures after May 14.

Courtesy Bol News

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