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SHC orders PTA to prosecute 6 social media activists who ‘maligned’ Dua Zahra’s family

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  • Sindh High Court directs Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to launch legal proceedings against six social media activists.
  • Malevolent and scandalous statements were made against Dua Zahra’s family, her father has alleged.
  • Court also legally prohibits six social media activists from creating or broadcasting content.

The Sindh High Court has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to launch legal proceedings against six social media activists in conformance with the law after Dua Zahra’s father alleged malevolent and scandalous statements were made against his family.

The court also legally prohibited six social media activists from creating or broadcasting any malicious, defamatory, or scandalous content, including digital videos and written material, on social media against the father of Zahra and his family.

Syed Mehdi Ali Kazmi filed the lawsuit, seeking a court injunction against some social media activists who allegedly maligned him and his family on social media.

According to the plaintiff’s counsel, the petitioner claimed an FIR under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Rules regarding his daughter’s kidnapping and child marriage. He claimed that the medical board appointed by the court determined his daughter’s age to be between 15 and 16 years old.

He stated that the PTA was approached to block and remove private social media channels that were posting “scandalous and malicious” content about the plaintiff and his family. He stated that the PTA’s web analysis division stated that the facts of the complaints required a detailed assessment of evidences by a competent court in order to establish the correct position; thus, the complaint was not entertainable under Rule (I) (v) of the Removal and Blocking of Illegal Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Rules 2021.

The counsel argued that all of the defendants’ content was based on “defamatory, baseless, and scandalous” material against the plaintiff and his entire family, thereby undermining the plaintiff’s respect and honour in society. He claimed that the defendants were “mocking” the plaintiff and his family members on social media.

Following the preliminary hearing of the plaint, a single bench led by Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi issued notices to the PTA and social media activists, restraining them from airing, publishing, or sharing any defamatory and scandalous content material against the plaintiff and his family.

The court also ordered PTA to file legal action against social media activists in accordance with the law and to submit a comprehensive report within 15 days.

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After a recount, PML-N keeps its seat in the Balochistan Assembly.

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The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was able to hold onto a seat in the Balochistan Assembly following a vote recount.

With a margin of 1919 votes, Muhammad Khan Lehri of the PML-N defeated Ghulam Rasool Imrani of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to win PB-14 Nasirabad.

The Returning Officer (RO) reports that Ghulam Rasool Imrani of the PPP received 18787 votes, while Muhammad Khan Lehri received 20706 votes.

The PPP candidate contested the results, which prompted a vote recount request. Prior to this, on February 19, the PML-N narrowly prevailed in a vote recount to hold onto a seat in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly by 186 votes.

Sardar Shah Jahan of the PML-N defeated independent Shakoor Naumani, who was sponsored by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in PK-40 Mansehra. The Returning Officer (RO), acting on a request from the independent candidate supported by the PTI, ordered the recounting of results for 173 polling stations. Sardar Shah Jehan received 43104 votes, and Shakoor Naumani, who was endorsed by the PTI, received 42918.

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Rahat Faeth Ali Khan receives a clean sheet from FIA

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According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), there is no proof that well-known musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has engaged in any illicit behaviour, including money laundering or tax evasion.

Since there is no proof of any wrongdoing, the FIA has declared that it has completed its investigation into the popular singer’s alleged money-laundering and tax evasion case.

According to the recommendations made by the field inquiry unit, which suggested closing the investigation into Khan, the competent authority has approved the closure of the investigation into Rahat Ali Khan and other individuals, as confirmed by the Additional Director of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Lahore Zone.

The data that are now accessible include no information that would link Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to any illicit money smuggling operations.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Lahore has said that an investigation was opened in January of this year against Rahat Ali Khan and 182 other regular passengers who were leaving Lahore International Airport to find employment overseas. According to the report, information on frequent passengers served as the impetus for this inquiry, which had as its primary goal finding anybody engaged in money laundering or currency smuggling.

It is important to note that, based on their travel history, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) opened a money laundering and tax evasion investigation against well-known musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and others.

According to the FIA, the Deputy Director of Immigration at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore supplied the information on 182 travellers. As a result, the investigation was started to find any regular travellers involved in cash smuggling or money laundering.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has paid taxes on all of his local and foreign income, according to sources at the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Federal Institute of Agriculture (FIA).

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A challenge to the Aurat March was dismissed by the Lahore High Court.

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The Lahore High Court rendered a decision on the appeal filed by citizen Azam butt about the prohibition on the Aurat March.

Deputy Commissioner Lahore and other parties were added as parties to the application.

The petitioner voiced worry that the peace and order situation would get worse as a result of the women’s march. According to the petitioner, Islamic society does not tolerate the banners and placards from the Aurat March.

The petitioner claims that the Constitution protects women’s rights and that initiatives are taken to enhance the welfare of women. The state must stop promoting the Aurat March in an immoral manner.

The court postponed making a ruling after rejecting the petition as inadmissible after hearing the opening statements. The ultimate ruling was rendered by Justice Shahid Karim.

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