The economic plight in Pakistan is no longer hidden from anyone. The Shahbaz government has not only failed on the expectations of the people, arbitrary and wrong decisions have ruined the country’s fleet. Now there is news that the government is arresting people who open their mouths against them by getting them sued for treason. According to Dawn news, Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested news anchor Imran Riaz Khan on charges of giving ‘hate speech’. The news anchor has been critical of the Shehbaz Sharif-led government in Pakistan.
Officials said Imran Riaz Khan was arrested in Lahore on charges of making “violence-inciting statements” aimed at creating a “rift between the general public and state institutions”. Imran Riaz Khan’s lawyer said that the news anchor was taken into custody by the Cyber Crime Branch of the FIA from the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Dawn reported.
According to the FIR, Imran Riaz Khan “was found to be involved in delivering hate speech in public at a conference, which falls within the territorial jurisdiction of the FIA Cybercrime Cell”, the report said, adding that the speech had caused social media attention nationally and internationally. was shared publicly across media platforms.
Last year, Imran Riaz Khan was arrested in a sedition case, Dawn reported. However, the Lahore High Court granted bail to Imran Riaz Khan. The FIR also states that Imran Riaz Khan in his speech accused the army and said that he raised questions on the integrity of Pakistan.