Any investigation officer found misusing its authority, court will impose heavy cost.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) warned Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cyber-crime wing on Wednesday. It said that the authority should use its power judiciously or the court would impose a heavy fine on the investigation officer concerned.
The Chief Justice of the IHC Athar Minallah was hearing the petition filed by three journalists. The matter is related to ongoing inquiry against them by the FIA’s cybercrime wing. The court observed that the agency was not following the guidelines in a judgment relating to summoning a suspect in a cybercrime case.
The Bench remarked that they were creating a terror situation by summoning a suspect without letting him know details of the complaint. The director of the cybercrime wing assured that they would follow the procedure as laid down in all future inquiries.
The International Federation for Journalists has ranked Pakistan as the fifth dangerous place to practice journalism. 138 media persons in Pakistan lost their lives between 1990 to 2020 while on duty. Freedom of the press in Pakistan has been an issue for a long time but the situation has worsened under Imran Khan.