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Arrests of social media activists: Court summons FIA official

Arrests of social media activists: Court summons FIA official

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has summoned any Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) senior officer on August 22 to answer its queries regarding the agency’s alleged ongoing crackdown against social media activists.

SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, heading a two judge bench, summoned the officer while hearing on Monday a petition challenging the arrests and detentions of online critics in a fresh crackdown by the FIA.

A group of the human rights activisits, journalists and social media activists, including Farieha Aziz, Zohra Yousuf, Ghazi Salahuddin and Jibran Nasir, had approached the court against the detentions, nominating the federal interior minister and FIA director-general as respondents.

In the petition, the activists maintained that the then interior minister had ordered the FIA to initiate action against persons running ‘anti-military’ campaigns on the internet in the middle of May.