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Justice Athar Minallah restrains FIA from taking action against journalists

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday restrained FIA from taking action against journalists and directed it to focus on its real work.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah took up the plea regarding the cases against the journalists.

During the hearing, Justice Minallah remarked that the judiciary and the armed forces cannot be intimidated by a journalist’s question. “Let the FIA do its real work,” he said.

He further remarked that the army forces had made sacrifices for the country. The army would also be honoured when it fulfilled its constitutional responsibilities, he maintained.

The IHC chief justice wondered that how the FIA issued a notice to Sami Ibrahim. The army was not so weak that such statements could risk its integration, he said.

Justice Minallah asked if there was a case against Sami Ibrahim for the FIA to review or not. The FIA seemed to be quitting its job and looking into social media matters, he said.

During the hearing, Sami Ibrahim said he only raised a journalistic question. Why he would talk against army or courts, Sami Ibrahim queried.

The chief justice directed the FIA to review Sami Ibrahim’s case. He remarked that people said a lot but the court never panicked.

Justice Minallah said people commented on opening of courts at the night of the no-confidence motion. He said let me explain why the courts were open at the night. The job of courts was to protect the constitution, he maintained.

He further remarked that the history of the country was 35 years of martial law, the constitution had been suspended twice and it was called a piece of paper.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing of cases against the journalists till June 10.

Courtesy Bol News

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