A senior Pakistani journalist was accused by police on Tuesday of defaming the country and its powerful army on social media.
The First Information Report (FIR) against Asad Toor, a senior journalist with the Express Tribune, was registered in Rawalpindi after complainant Hafiz Ehtesham Ahmed alleged that the writer used social media to defame Pakistan and the Pakistani army.
“The complainant alleged that he was a regular user of social media and noted that Toor has been defaming the army for several days by using derogatory language for high-ranking government institutions, including the Pakistani army, which is a serious crime by law,” Laut the FIR that the journalist shared on his Twitter account.
Asad Toor, who lives in Islamabad, called the allegation a sad moment for him.
“It’s a sad development for me as a journalist because I never wanted to be the news myself,” he said.
Asad Toor is not alone in Pakistan, where a journalist has been charged or arrested for allegedly defaming the country and its powerful army.
On September 11th, Bilal Farooqi, who works with The Express Tribune, was taken into custody from his home for allegedly defaming the country’s army and stirring up sectarian hatred.