A senior Pakistani journalist was accused on Tuesday by the police on social media of defaming the country and its powerful army.
The first information report (FIR) against Asad Toor, a senior journalist of the Express Tribune, was lodged in Rawalpindi after complainant Hafiz Ehtesham Ahmad alleged that Munshi had used social media to discredit Pakistan and the Pakistan Army.
“The complainant claimed that he was a regular user of social media and found that for a few days Tur was defaming the army using derogatory language for high-level government institutions, including the Pakistan Army which Is a serious offense as per law., “According to the FIR shared by the journalist on his Twitter account.
Asad Toor, who is in Islamabad, called the charge a sad moment for him.
“It’s a sad development for me as a journalist because I never wished to be the news myself,” he said.
Asad Tor is not alone in Pakistan where a journalist has been arrested or arrested for defaming the country and its powerful army.
On 11 September, Bilal Farooqui, who worked with The Express Tribune, was detained from his home on charges of defaming the country’s army and spreading communal hatred.