Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has dismissed claims suggesting that the Federal Investigation Agency had registered cases against journalists and rights activists under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016.
In a series of tweets posted Friday, the minister said, “This was disturbing news so I checked and my information is that it’s incorrect. A private citizen has sent a complaint to FIA against around 12 journalists.
“FIA examines all complaints but no FIR has been registered and FIA can’t register a report under Peca without following the specified legal procedure.”
The minister was responding to a tweet by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, which said it was “alarmed” by reports that FIA registered cases against “49 journalists and social media activists, under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act.
Amnesty International had also reacted to the news reports, calling upon authorities to immediately withdraw the alleged charges.