- Who is Mohsin Jamil Baig?
- Why was he arrested?
- The statement of the FIA
- The other side of the tale
- Discussion on social media
Whether you agree or disagree, some journalists in Pakistan are facing grave risks as a result of growing intolerance for critical journalism and government agencies’ constant attacks on journalists.
Abductions, physical assaults, and torture of journalists have been all too regular in recent years. Yesterday, well-known anchor Iqrar-ul-Hasan was the subject of a horrific attack launched by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and today, Mohsin Jamil Baig was apprehended at his house by the Federal Investigation Agency.
Who is Mohsin Jamil Baig?
Why was he arrested?
The FIA stormed the journalist’s home in Islamabad in the afternoon and subsequently detained him after he reportedly fired at and roughed up members of the raiding squad.
Instead of battling in court, he walked out with a pistol and pointed it at the video producer, according to the FIA Cybercrime wing.
The FIA’s comment
The FIA’s Cyber Crime Circle raided Baig’s residence after obtaining a search and seizure request from the competent court, according to a news statement published by the investigating agency.
“During the raid, Mohsin Baig and his son and slaves opened fire on the FIA team and took two officials hostage,” according to the press announcement. According to the FIA, a FIR was filed against Baig in Lahore by Murad Saeed under Sections 20 (offences against the dignity of a natural person), 21-D (offences against the modesty of a natural person and minor), and 24 (cyber stalking) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, as well as Sections 500 (defaming army officers) and 555 (statement conducing to public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal
The other side of the tale
Baig’s son reports that plainclothes officers arrived to his father’s house earlier today and detained him. Before detaining Mohsin Baig, the senior wing of the FIA stormed his residence, prompting the senior journalist and his colleagues to seek an arrest warrant, which the FIA team refused to produce.
Social media debate
Many social media users reacted differently to his arrest.
Let us have a look:
Renowned journalist Hamid Mir published photos of Baig’s residence in Islamabad in the morning, as police and FIA officers surrounded it, adding that Baig’s “arrest is a reflection of weakness, not strength, of @ImranKhanPTI.”
Police commandos are standing outside the house of journalist Mohsin Baig in Islamabad.He was arrested this morning,now police want to enter in his house for search. Lady police is also there. Son of Mohsin Baig is injured and police want to arrest him for resisting against FIA.
What a petty, small man Imran Khan has turned out to be. Can't even tolerate a little bit of criticism. This what #MohsinBaig had said in a recent interview. Today, he had him arrested. Dissent is a crime in #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/Nt06MmIEF9
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) February 16, 2022
We condemn the fascism of Imran Khan’s government!! The arrest of #MohsinBaig by #FIA is unacceptable & we demand his immediate release. #PTIGovernment & #PMIK are using their blatant authority to victimise & hush all dissenting voices. @pressfreedom @ICFJ #PUFJ
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) February 16, 2022
— Ａｓａｄ Ｊａｎ (@AsadJan80) February 16, 2022
This is Mohsin Baig, he is a former senator, journalist & political analyst.
FIA Cybercrime wing arrested him over the complaint of Murad Saeed instead of fighting in court he comes out with a gun & aimed at the video maker.#muradsaeed #MohsinBaig #JournalismIsNotACrime pic.twitter.com/iTCniNbuOj
— Sayed Samran Raza Gardezi (@SamranGardezi) February 16, 2022