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FIA’s notices to journalists are the worst example of censorship: CJ IHC

Written by The Frontier Post

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday served notices to attorney general of Pakistan and other senior lawyers for assistance in case regarding powers of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under anti cyber crime Act.

The court questioned that whether section 20 of cyber crime act was contradicting the Articles 14, 19 and 19A of the Constitution.

Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing on a petition filed by a journalist Asad Toor who challenged FIA’s notice to him.

The chief justice observed, FIA’s notices are the worst example of censorship. If the actions were started on criticism then it would not stop anywhere, he said.

The chief justice further observed that the FIA had been taking partial actions, adding that the court had never seen the FIA appeared before the court preparing a case against one from treasury benches.

The court asked the FIA to inform the bench after investigation that how many countries in the world had admitted the criticism acts as criminal cases. Whenever the legislatures in several countries of the world tried to declare the criticism as crime the courts turned dismissed it.

The chief justice observed that no one would speak in the country if the FIA starts serving such notices.

The job of Journalists and anchors is to criticize, he said, adding that such notices would also stop everything.

Justice Minallah remarked that this court was criticized several times but FIA never made a case on it. The court sought response from FIA and amicus curiae and adjourned the court till after the Eid ul Fitr.

It may be mentioned here that the court had also appointed senior lawyers Himid Khan, Abid Hassan Manto and vice chairman Pakistan bar council as amicus curiae in the case.

IHC issues notices to PMC on another plea against student admissions: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday served notices to Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) an other identical petition challenging the process of re-admissions of students in private medical colleges.

The court also stopped the PMC to take any action against the current admitted medical students till next date and however, allowed it to continue its admission process.

Justice Aamir Farooq of IHC heard the case filed by the medical students of a private medical college of Lahore challenging the re-admission process by the PMC.

It may be mentioned here that PMC had restarted a process of admissions in private medical colleges after irregularities were found in previous inductions.

The PMC had sought applications again from the students across the country. The students of medical colleges had challenged the PMC decision before IHC.

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