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Twitter and Pakistani politicians

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There are approximately three to four million Twitter users in Pakistan and a significant percentage of them actively use the platform to air their political views. While Twitter has become a part and parcel of Pakistani politics, it might be interesting and insightful to compare which politician is making the best use of this highly […]


Supreme Court orders blocking of fake social media pages

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to block all fake pages and websites being run in its name on social media. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Supreme Court said it did not operate or maintain any Facebook account, page or […]


Bail petition dismissed in cyber crime case

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LAHORE: A judicial magistrate on Monday dismissed a bail petition of a man involved in uploading objectionable material on the social media against former federal minister Firdous Ashiq Awan. Federal Investigation Agency`s (FIA) cyber crime cell had arrested Haseeb Zahid on a complaint lodge by private secretary of the ex-minister. The investigating officer told the […]


FIA books Dr Firdous’ opponents from PPP

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SIALKOT-The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) registered a case against Sialkot-based Haseeb Zahid and Mian Umair Ashraf for allegedly “sharing highly objectionable and derogatory remarks” against PTI leader Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on social media. On June 13, 2017, the FIA had registered the case (No.1482/2017) with FIA Cybercrime Police Station Lahore on the report of […]


Crimes against women, children on the rise

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LAHORE – Mostly women and children are being targeted by different types of criminals on social media websites and the authorities have failed to provide any relief to the victims so far. The cases in courts show that very few women approach appropriate forums for redressal of their grievances, including blackmailing and harassment on Facebook. […]


Interior ministry, FIA again told to file replies on social media curbs plea

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday once again directed the interior ministry and the Federal Investigation Agency to file their comments on a constitutional petition of civil rights campaigners against the alleged ongoing crackdown on social media activists under the garb of action against those who criticise national security agencies. Headed by Justice Hasan […]


Information markets

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DESPITE the alarming nature of the government’s recent crackdown on social media activists, our discourse still lacks a conceptual framework of thinking through some of the issues that it raises. Any inquiry should start by asking to what extent can the government justifiably regulate information markets? Answering this question when two competing forces — citizens […]


Murdered journalist: Facebook accounts spreading negativity blocked

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HARIPUR: The Facebook accounts spreading negativity and hatred on social media about the murdered journalist Bakhshish Elahi are being blocked after his murder. The social and media circles of Haripur have discovered the Facebook accounts involved in negative propaganda against the murdered journalist, requesting that these accounts must be thoroughly investigated in the process of […]


Another Blasphemy Victim

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An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday sentenced a man to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said – the first such prosecution in the country. There is scant detail on the case beyond the fact that the accused was a 30 year old Shia from Bahawalpur. Little can […]


First death sentence handed to man for blasphemy on social media

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An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday sentenced a man to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said. ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the sentence for the 30-year-old accused in Bahawalpur, according to Shafiq Qureshi. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had arrested the accused, who belongs to the Shia […]


Digital media be used to project Pak soft image, says Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD – Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, has stressed the need for an effective use of digital media to promote and project Pakistan’s narrative and image as soft, moderate and democratic country at the global level. She was chairing a high level meeting here on Wednesday. In this regard, […]


FIA identifies 27 people in anti-army campaign

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ISLAMABAD:  The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has identified 27 people involved in anti-army propaganda and would also submit its report on the misuse of social media to malign the country’s armed forces in the next two weeks to the interior ministry. Sources in the FIA told The Express Tribune that the agency has identified 27 […]


Ex-major denied bail in cybercrime case

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PESHAWAR: A single-member Peshawar High Court bench on Friday dismissed the bail petition of a former army officer charged under the cybercrime law for allegedly uploading fake objectionable pictures of a woman MPA on social media. Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth pronounced that the suspect, retired major Mohammad Tahir Khan, was not entitled to be set […]


PPF concerned the intimidation against netizens in Indonesia

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to JokoWidodo, President of Indonesia expressed serious concern over the threats to netizens by the members of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) for posting their opinion against Rizieq Shihab, the grand mufti of FPI. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter condemns the intimidations, violence and terror […]