Earlier several Pakistani journalists and media personalities have been muzzled and completely blocked for posting their opinion on bringing up offensive topics repeatedly. Unfortunately, three pat time Pakistani bloggers, so far have been asked by the FIA Cyber Crime Wing Islamabad to present themselves before the investigating officer on (Dec 31st, 2016) for posting fake or Photoshop edited images of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with a PML(N) leader and somewhere I have seen same image with President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain while wrongly attributing him as Justice Saqib Nisar.
These fake images have, since then, been removed but not before they went viral on social media. The pictures shared by the three part-time Pakistani bloggers also made their way to thousand other online users on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media channels.
According to media sources have said that the bloggers have now been detained by the Federal Investigation Authority, however, nothing has been said officially on the matter. With the cyber-crime bill 2016 in action and hefty fines that come along with it, there is a reason to believe that the bloggers might be charged with – Cyber Terrorism.Section 7 of Cyber Crime Law which deals with Cyber Terrorism clearly states that:
“The use of threat is designed to coerce, intimidate, overawe or create a sense of fear, panic or insecurity in the government or the public or a section of the public or community or sector or in society.”
Actually, we don’t have information on what section are they going to get charged with, it’s early to comment about any consequence. But just to give you an idea and might be possible, under above mentioned section, if confirmed guilty, these bloggers could face up to 14 years in prison or/and up to Rs. 50 million in fine.
It, however, remains to be seen what action will be taken eventually on this developing story. Stay with us for more updates regarding above story!!!