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FIA arrests 12 men for running TLP social media campaigns

The accused arrested for spreading hatred and fake videos

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 28, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Posted: Oct 28, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

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Federal Investigation Authority’s or FIA Cyber Crime wing has launched a crackdown against defunct Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s or TLP social media accounts.

At least 12 people were arrested during the simultaneous operation in Lahore, Faisalabad, Nankana Sahab, Islamabad and elsewhere in Punjab, said FIA.

The suspects, FIA said, were involved in posting ‘doctored images and fake videos’ on the internet.

On Wednesday, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced initiating an operation against the people spreading fake news and hatred on social media. Later, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad ordered the authorities concerned to launch a crackdown on the social media accounts of the banned TLP.

The government has announced to treat the banned TLP as a militant organization and “no restraint” policy for inciting violence.

The protesters have, on the other hand, reached Chanda Qila, a few kilometers from Gujranwala. To stop them, a number of trucks and containers were parked on the Sarai Alamgir section of the GT Road. The Chenab Bridge in Gujrat has been completely closed for traffic, while all routes from Gujrat to Lahore have been closed.

However, reacting to government decisions, the banned TLP said that the primary demand has always been the expulsion of the French ambassador. “The government has always used power to snatch our constitutional and legal rights. Protests are the beauty of democracy,” a TLP spokesperson said.

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