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FIA Initiates Inquiry Against Journalist Shahzeb Jillani Over ‘Remarks Against State Institutions’

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The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has initiated inquiry against journalist Shahzeb Jillani after a First Information Report (FIA) was filed against him over ‘remarks against state institutions’.

The FIR was registered on complaint of Moulvi Muhammad Iqbal Haider who said that Jillani uttered ‘articulated defamatory remarks’ against institutions of Pakistan during a talk show on Dunya News.

Haider accused Jillani of alleging Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies of “kidnapping dozens of people which leads towards missing persons.”

Iqbal Haider said that Jillani, being the coordinator of the program on Dunya TV, responded to ‘sensitive questions’ by the anchor in which the law-enforcement agencies were “directly or indirectly, deliberately and intentionally alleged of influencing the democratic system of Pakistan” due to which “solidarity, integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan has been damaged.”

Haider added that Jillani accused ‘invisible forces’ of bringing Prime Minister Imran Khan to power, continuing that “Imran Khan cannot survive if he works for public welfare and does not take orders from the establishment”.

The complainant accused Jillani of working with ‘foreign agencies’ against Pakistan. He said Jillani was also active on social media and was ‘conspiring against Pakistan’, therefore, “action be taken against Jillani and other responsible at Dunya news by the way of transparent and impartial inquiry”.

Journalist Mosharraf Zaidi said “The deliberate, targeted, purposeful harassment and intimidation of critical voices will not cause the criticism to stop. It will only make the criticism worse.”

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