The FIA has acted beyond its competence by filing an FIR on a critical tweet: IHC
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ruled that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) exceeded its jurisdiction by filing a case over a controversial tweet, a private TV channel has reported. The IHC on Saturday announced a verdict in a case related to the smear campaign against state institutions on social media following the ousting of the PTI-led government in April this year. Judge Babar Sattar accepted a citizen’s request and quashed the case filed by the FIA for the publication of a critical tweet.
The court reprimanded the federal agency, saying the FIA mocked the state in filing the case which “aimed to impose unlawful censorship on free speech.” The court said in the verdict that posting a tweet using any hashtag does not amount to committing a crime. Wrongdoing can only be established if a person themselves said something wrong in the content of a tweet, he added. The court lamented that the FIA wanted to create suspicion in the public by registering such cases. The Twitter user had spoken of enforced disappearances, referring to “Vigo’s vehicle”. Earlier this month, the government authorized the Federal Investigation Agency to take action against those who intended to spread “rumors and false information against state institutions” on social media. .