PML-N's Waleed Butt arrested for cricitising PM, institutions

Case filed under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act
Photo: Waleed Asif Butt/Facebook
Photo: Waleed Asif Butt/Facebook
Photo: Waleed Asif Butt/Facebook A PML-N leader, Waleed Butt, has been arrested by the FIA for defaming PM Khan and state institutions on public forums.   He was taken into custody on Tuesday from his house in a private housing society in Gujranwala. Related: Union denounces misuse of cybercrime laws to intimidate journalists A complaint was registered against him with the FIA on Monday. It accused him of using derogatory language against the premier, judiciary and Pakistan Armed Forces. A case has been registered against him under sections 11 (hate speech) and 20 (harming the reputation or privacy of a natural person) of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016, and sections 500 (defamation), 505 (stateman engaging in public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code. A person can be imprisoned for up to seven years if convicted under Section 11. Section 20 is punishable by a jail term of three and/or a fine of Rs1 million. Butt, who is quite active on social media, is the president of the Hamza Youth Wing of the PML-N. Inspector Rana Asad Ramzan is investigating the case.
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