Islamabad High Court stops FIA from hounding PTI workers

Asks DG to address PTI's grievances

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has prohibited the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from harassing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) workers.

The court was hearing a petition filed by the PTI against harassment of its workers.

FIA is conducting raids at the homes of PTI social media activists and harassing their families, Faisal Chaudhry, who was representing the party, said.

Three of our workers were picked up from Lahore, the lawyer said.

Criticism is not a crime, said Chief Justice Athar Minallah. SOPs were made but they were never implemented, CJ Minallah said.

The IHC chief justice told the new Director FIA Cyber Crime Wing that the court has expectations that he will break away from old precedents.

More than one wings of the FIA are involved in this matter, even the anti-terrorism wing doing this, said Chaudhry.

If anyone put up a PTI flag and tweets, it’s not our policy, he added.

PTI lawyer said they will also bring applications at night, if anything happened. To this, chief justice said that you ask why the court was opened at night to hear a petition, here’s a notification from 2019 in this regard.

Chief justice said if any illegal action is taken, the PTI can come to court at any time of the day.

He said that reforms should be made in such a way that it does not affect freedom of expression, directly or indirectly.

The court told the FIA to not harass PTI activists and ordered the DG FIA to appoint a competent officer to address PTI’s grievances.

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