Facebook bans Hamza Ali Abbasi’s account over Kashmir post


Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Facebook account has now been banned for three days following his post on Burhani Wani, a deceased separatist commander killed by Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmir.

Hamza Ali Abbasi's personal account on Facebook has been banned for three days.

Hamza had supported Wani in his post, saying the assassinated leader was not an ISI agent but a Kashmiri who had joined the rebellion after his brother was killed by the Indian army.

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The actor tweeted, “Banned again for 3 days. Now FB will tell us who is and isn’t a terrorist.”

“If Kashmir issue is not resolved according to the will of Kashmiris and UN Resolutions, we have another Palestine in the making right in our backyard,” he wrote.

However, his account was later restored after the post had been removed but it seems like Facebook is keeping a close check on his doings on the social media platform.

Wani, a 22-year-old commander of the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in a brief gunfight with Indian forces on July 8.

His death sparked clashes in which over 38 people have so far been killed, and more than 3,000 people, including about 200 police officers, injured.

Hamza is not the only one, however, whose post was deleted.

Facebook has been accused of taking down content posted by Kashmiris as well regarding events unfolding in the region. Even some renowned voices were temporarily blocked and had their posts taken down by Facebook ‘for violating community standards.’

Earlier in January 2015, Facebook removed Hamza’s post on the Paris attack. However, in a rare apology, the website’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, admitted his team may have made a mistake, and hence apologised.

The actor was also banned by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) in Ramazan from hosting his show following controversial remarks passed by him.