Ground Report | New Delhi: The Pakistan Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested journalist Mohsin Baig on a government complaint against a conversation between Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during a television channel show.
According to police, the FIA Cyber Crime Wing raided the house of journalist Mohsin Baig. Islamabad police had registered a case against Mohsin Baig under anti-terrorism section besides attempted murder for resisting arrest during FIA operation and on Wednesday the anti-terrorism court remanded him in custody for three days was sent to jail.
Ruling on the petition filed in the local court by Mohsin Baig’s lawyer against the FIA raid, Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal said that Mohsin Baig’s house was raided without any search warrant.
The judge in his five-page judgment said that the FIR of FIA and SHO proved that the raid was illegal and the case against Mohsin Baig was registered in Lahore FIA at 9.30 am.
The court also said that the members of the raid team did not have the authority to conduct raids.
It may be recalled that the cyber crime wing of the FIA had taken action against Mohsin Baig at the request of Federal Minister Murad Saeed. According to the FIA, after a preliminary investigation into the complaint, the cyber crime wing had registered an FIR against Mohsin Baig and FIA cyber crime wing personnel reached his house at 9.30 am to arrest him.
According to a press release issued by Islamabad Police, an FIA team went to his house on Wednesday morning to arrest Mohsin Baig but was resisted and the accused (Mohsin Baig) opened fire. An FIA official was injured.
Mohsin Baig was subsequently charged under anti-terrorism provisions, including attempted murder on Wednesday morning, assault with a firearm, taking a government official hostage and interfering in government affairs.
What’s the matter
Few days ago, Mohsin Baig was involved in a program aired on a private channel in which Prime Minister Imran Khan talked about the distribution of awards among 10 federal ministers.
In this program of anchor Ghurida Farooqi, Mohsin Baig had a controversial discussion about the first rank performance of the ministry of Federal Minister Murad Saeed on the basis of which Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory The Authority (PEMRA) had issued a show cause notice to that channel.
In his petition to the FIA, Murad Saeed said that Mohsin Baig had leveled immoral allegations against him during a private TV program which had tarnished his image and tried to spread chaos among the people.
Murad Saeed had requested the FIA Cyber Crime Wing to take action against Mohsin Baig.
Appearing in the court on Wednesday evening, Mohsin Baig said that he did not speak against Murad Saeed and only referred to the book of Imran Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan. He said that if there was anything wrong in this book then why no legal action was taken against the author.
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