The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has named 27 people during its investigation against anti-army posts on social media. It will submit a report on the matter to the interior ministry within the next two weeks.
Sources claim that the investigation agency identified 27 people who were involved in the anti-army campaigns. Seven of these individuals were called for interviews or questioning. Their electronic equipment, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, were seized and sent for forensic analysis.
A couple of weeks ago, FIA arrested and later released six suspects over alleged propaganda campaigns against the Pakistan Army. However, none of these individuals were formally charged under the allegations.
FIA sources have also stated that all of the identified people have political affiliations and belong to different parts of the country.
It is suggested that FIA’s cyber-crime wing led the way in identifying the alleged campaigners while the counter terrorism wing apprehended the suspects.
Security officials believe that certain Facebook Pages or Twitter accounts involved in anti-state activities are being operated from outside Pakistan.
The government had clearly ordered the authorities to apprehend anyone spreading hate speech or blasphemous content on social media. However, some limitations have meant that certain pages are still up.
The crackdown, against anti-army posts on social media, started in the second of week of May when interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar, ordered FIA’s cyber crime wing to take immediate action against all those involved in dishonoring the army. He stated that the constitution allows for freedom of expression but it cannot be misused to negatively impact the prestige or repute of any state department related to Pakistan’s defense.
Sources have pointed out that the FIA is now actively working to stop the people running illegal campaigns on social media.