After being asked a question about the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) recent actions against posts on social media, Ahsan Iqbal said that social media isn’t safe and is used to spread false and fake news. He stressed that no one in Pakistan has absolute freedom to express themselves on social media. He called spreading fake news and gossiping on the social media a weapon in the “fifth generation warfare”.
He informed that FIA is creating a new systematic framework which will monitor social media activities that disgrace and discredit government institutes and entities as such actions are illegal. He ensured that the freedom and democratic rights will be protected after the new policy is implemented,
At a time when we are entering an election year, it is important, while protecting democratic freedoms, to have a mechanism to check that social media is not used for creating political chaos or for terrorist activities.
Parliament is as sacred as the armed forces and the judiciary. Under the new framework, we will take notice if there is any campaign on social media to disgrace parliament, the judiciary, and the armed forces.
Khatam-e-Nabuwat Protest Is Redundant
Regarding the rallies and outrage of religious parties planning to march into Islamabad, Ahsan Iqbal commented that the documents for election candidates have already been amended with the Khatam-e-Nabuwat clause omitted – even though it is a fundamental right of the public to protest peacefully, their outrage is redundant now and this matter should be put to rest because this will disrupt the peace of the public.
The issue has been settled once and for all [in the Constitution]. I appeal to religious parties to not make an issue of it or make it a basis for political sloganeering.
A lobby of dejected politicians wants to breach the system by hook or by crook before the Senate elections in March next year. But the assembly will complete its tenure in June.