Absar Alam

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

Case hearing is postponded due to COVID-19.

Summary of Case

"On 21 March, 2021 Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) summoned Senior journalist and former chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam over his tweets and social media posts. Mr. Alam in some of his recent tweets criticized the establishment for interfering in politics. On a same day Mr. Absar Alam challenged the summon under Article 199 of the Constitution through his counsel Sajid Tanoli in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). In a petition, he contended that the FIA summoned him without providing details of the complaint. He said the summon was issued even after the date on which he was supposed to appear before the investigation officer. He termed the summon mala fide and requested the court to scrap it. On March 22, 2021 A single bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition of the former chairman PEMRA, and also summoned the investigation officer of the FIA to appear in person before the court on the next hearing. The IHC bench also issued notices to the Secretary Interior, the Director General (DG) Federal Investigation Agency, and directed them to submit their reply in this matter. The court first deferred the hearing till Apr 7 and then postponed it due to Covid-19. Speaking to PPF Mr. Absar alam said that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) issued summon over my Tweets regarding state policies, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended a summon issued by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). "

Category of Incident

Case Register

ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0202-Acts against liberty

ICCS Group: 02022-Deprivation of liberty

ICCS Class: N/A

ICCS Crime: Acts against liberty

Reported By

Dawn

Date of incident

21

Month

March

Year

2021

Name of affected person

Absar Alam

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

N/A

Other affected organizations

No other organization affected

Action by

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)

City

Islamabad

Province

Capital Territory

Designation

Ex PEMRA Cheif

Professional category

Journalist

Age of victim

57 Years

Marital Status

Married

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced by Government

Date of compensation announcement by government: N/A

Date of compensation paid by government: N/A

Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced by Government

Date of compensation announced by others: N/A

Date compensation paid by others: N/A

FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: No

Court Details

Was case investigated ?: Under trial

Court where case was presented: Islamabad High Court

Name of prosecuting lawyer: N/A

Date of first court hearing:

Date of last court hearing:

Status of court case: N/A

Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

Not required to contact

APNS

Not required to contact

CPNE

Not required to contact

PBA

Not required to contact

Condemn Status

Colleague of victim

Not required to contact

Employer organization

Not required to contact

Press Club Status

Press club 1: Not required to contact

Press club 2: Not required to contact

Press club 3: Not required to contact