The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime wing reported consultations against certain journalists and groups, allegedly launching a social media campaign against the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in February.
FIA sources confirmed the authenticity of the letter. Signed by FIA Cyber director, Wing Chaudhry Abdul Rauf, the letter leads all additional directors of the agency in Rawalpindi to begin consultations with six journalists and four groups.
FIA Starts Inquiry Into “Social Media Campaign” Against Visit of Crown Prince
The FIA issued a letter in this regard, which caught the attention of the masses when journalist Murtaza Solangi, whose name appears in the letter, criticized the government in a tweet.
“So the shameful government of Imran Khan has a problem with the photo of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his
The Twitter Profile and Consider it the Law? “Solangi tweeted.
So the shameful govt of @ImranKhanPTI has a problem with putting the picture of slain journalist #JamalKhashoggi on your twitter profile and considers it against the law? Come arrest me, you shameless creatures. pic.twitter.com/4YJIirSKgB
— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) March 27, 2019
He claimed that the activists put the photo of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a show image on his social media profile during the visit of the Crown Prince. According to the FIA, it has conveyed an “irreverent message to the visiting gas”.
Names of Journalists:-
Those named in the letter include:
- Matiullah Jan
- Murtaza Solangi
- Azaz Syed
- Ammar Masood
- Umer Cheema
- Ahmed Waqas Goraya
- Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM)
- Imamia Students Organization (ISO)
- Hizbul Tahrir Pak
- Tameer-i-Watan Party
Referring to the groups, it stated,
These groups/party’s members were found most active on social media against Mohammad Bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan.
Additional directors were asked to submit a daily report on the consultations to Deputy Director Ayaz Khan.
The letter reads,
A targeted social media campaign was planned/executed against the [crown prince’s] visit, during which [a] few social media activists and groups remained particularly consistent/active till the very last day of the visit.
Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Consulate of Istanbul in October 2018. The investigation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) indicated the crown prince of this murder.
It caused a major reaction from the world and damaged the reputation of the Saudi dignitaries.
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