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Four held for hate speech against PM Imran Khan

–Suspects apprehended at a mosque for spreading “sectarianism and bigotry” against govt

–Two suspects uploaded videos of alleged hate speech on Facebook

MULTAN: Four suspects have been booked and arrested for posting defamatory speech against PM Imran Khan and making it viral on the social media.

Police during an operation under the Cybercrime Act held four suspects for posting hate speech against Prime Minister Imran Khan and making it viral on the social media.

According to police, these suspects were identified as Maulana Abdul Jabbar, Hanzala, Waqas and Abdul Rauf. The suspects wanted to spread unrest in the country, police added.

The action was taken over a speech delivered by one of the apprehended suspects at a mosque in the city’s Ali Town on December 28, 2018, media reports said, adding that the speech – which was made through a loudspeaker, was used by the primary suspect to allegedly incite the audience’s religious emotions by issuing statements of a sectarian nature and provoked them against the government of Pakistan and incumbent rulers.

The FIR has been registered on the complaint of a police official against six named and 40-45 unidentified people. Four out of the six named persons have been arrested.

According to the FIR, the nominated persons were spreading “sectarianism and bigotry” along with the main accused and raising slogans against the government.

Two of the suspects recorded videos of the alleged hate speech through their mobile phones and later uploaded them onto Facebook and other social media.

The case against the nominated suspects has been registered under Sections 500 (defamation), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 109 (abetment with an accused) of the Pakistan Penal Code, 14 and 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order, and 3/6 of the Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) Ordinance, 2015.

Earlier, Information Minis­ter Fawad Chaudhry had announced that a crackdown was expected soon against extremism on social media despite scepticism from rights activists.

“In the next few weeks we will launch a crackdown,” the minister said an event, adding, “I am making it clear that the state will not allow extremists to dictate their narrative by use of force.

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