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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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Terrorist who martyred two ISI officials in Khanewal gunned down in IBO

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  • Terrorist was at large after killing security officials.
  • Security forces conduct joint operation to nab militant.
  • Niazi succumbs to injuries after being injured in fire exchange.

A terrorist who martyred Naveed Sadiq and Nasir Hussain — the director and inspector of the Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) Counter-Terrorism Wing — was gunned down by law enforcement agencies on Monday in an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Kurram Agency.

The slain terrorist, identified as Umar Niazi, was at large after he martyred the two ISI officials on January 3.

The security agencies arrested the terrorist with serious injuries following an exchange of fire. Niazi succumbed to his injuries after a while.

Intelligence agencies nabbed the terrorist before he could slip into Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the terrorist martyred ISI officials Sadiq and Hussain when they were at a local hotel in Khanewal, Punjab.

Sadiq, meanwhile, was martyred in Khanewal at a time when he was on a mission to take down the network of a banned outfit operating from Afghanistan.

South Punjab Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Sahabzada Shahzad Sultan said the perpetrators were on a motorcycle.

Both officials were posthumously awarded the Hilal-e-Shujaat and Tamgha-e-Shujaat.

Sadiq, who headed the ISI’s CTD wing, was awarded the Sitara-e-Shujaat on March 23, 2021, in recognition of his bravery and courage against anti-national elements.

He joined the police force as a sub-inspector in 2002. After appearing for a high-level exam in 2009, he was appointed to the ISI, the premier intelligence agency, as the assistant director.

During his tenure, the spy agency official exposed key networks of banned outfits. After months of efforts, he gained access to the high command of Daesh. He also neutralised the terrorists after raiding and finding their ambush site in Faisalabad.

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Islamabad court decides to indict Imran Khan in Toshakhana case

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ISLAMABAD: A local court in Islamabad has decided to indict Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.

The court has set February 7 as the date for the indictment of the PTI chairman. 

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Blast in Balochistan’s Kachhi leaves one injured

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  • Blast takes place in Kachhi district.
  • Police say explosives were placed on roadside.
  • Balochistan under constant terror attacks recently.

In yet another terror incident in the restive province of Balochistan, at least one person was injured after an explosion took place in the Kachhi district of the province, police said on Monday. 

The police told media persons that the explosives were placed on a roadside.

Balochistan has been under constant terror attacks recently with several incidents taking place in the province. 

Bolan incident

Recently, at least 18 people were injured after a remote-control bomb detonated on a railway track in Bolan, forcing the train’s engine and seven carriages off the track.

Railway authorities said that the injured had been shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Sibi.

The Jaffer Express train was travelling from Machh to Sibi, when the blast occurred, local authorities said.

“A relief train was dispatched from Sibi to rescue passengers of the train and bring them to Sibi safely. Passengers on the Jaffer Express coming from Peshawar to Machh were stopped at Sibi and are now being brought to Quetta via buses,” they added.

According to Deputy Commissioner Kachhi Agha Samiullah, the blast was carried out by a remote-control device.

On the other hand, the carriages of the derailed train are being lifted from the railway track.

Terror attacks

In the annual report issued by the Centre for Research & Security Studies (CRSS), Balochistan suffered from 110 attacks last year, becoming the second most vulnerable province in the country.

Over 250 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks and counter-attacks, whereas over 200 sustained serious injuries in the province.

The last month of the year witnessed over two dozen attacks in quick succession, and that became one-fourth of the total fatalities that occurred in Balochistan, a province which has just 6% of the country’s population.

According to reports, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA), the terrorist organisations, are mainly involved in terror incidents in the area-wise largest province of the country. In Balochistan, at least 14 major attacks took place mostly on security forces targets.

Security forces remained the primary target of terrorist attacks in the province.

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