Campaign against armed forces: 150 accounts, websites identified


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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA’s) cyber crime wing has identified over 150 accounts and websites engaged in a campaign vilifying the armed forces on social media platforms.

A vilification campaign against Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the military on social media followed Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asif Ghafoor’s statement to ‘withdraw’ his tweet on Dawn Leaks on May 10.

An official source at FIA told this correspondent that following the directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the cyber crime wing of FIA initiated an investigation into the matter and identified over 150 accounts and websites engaged in vilifying the armed forces.

“The inquiry against those involved in an anti-army campaign on social media is continuing and the agency will take action against those found responsible indiscriminately”, he said.

He further said that FIA has short listed some individuals who have used social media to malign Chief of Army Staff and the military.

“Those identified were operating their accounts from Lahore, Quetta, Waziristan and Australia”, he said, adding that people who were traced by the agency mostly used twitter and some of used facebook.

Source further said that the cyber crime wing of the agency has forwarded the list of those identified to its anti-terrorism wing in order to determine whether these people have any links with anti-state elements or not.

The Interior Minister, on May 14, had directed FIA to take action against those involved in an anti-armed forces campaign on social media platforms.

“Under constitutional guidelines on freedom of expression, unwarranted criticism of security forces and other institutions responsible for the defence of the realm is not allowed. No citizen can be involved in a campaign that tarnishes the reputation and respect of the armed forces,” said a statement issued by Ministry of Interior.—Business Recorder