Arshad Sharif, a journalist, has been charged with making derogatory remarks about state institutions, according to a first information report (FIR).
According to details, the case was filed at a Hyderabad B-section police station, with police claiming that he was arrested for speaking out against state institutions.
“His remarks during Matiullah Jan’s show are punishable under sections 505, 153, and 131 of the penal code,” the police said, adding that the case was opened after a man named Tayyab Hussain filed a complaint.
In April, anchor Moeed Pirzada claimed that men in plainclothes, ostensibly from the Federal Investigation Agency, barged into Arshad Sharif’s home and harassed his family.
Later, Arshad Sharif filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), ordering the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the capital police to stop harassing anchorpersons and other journalists.
According to Sharif’s lawyer, Faisal Chaudhry, the anchor instructed him to approach the court last night because “he was being harassed.”
“Last night, people in civil uniform went to Arshad Sharif’s house. “I haven’t spoken to Arshad Sharif directly since last night,” the lawyer said. He also claimed that “illegal actions” had been taken against ARY News anchor Sabir Shakir.
The lawyer also told the court that Sharif had instructed him to file the petition. The petitioner was suspicious of the FIA’s desire to illegally detain Sharif, according to the court.