FOE Link or motive by PPFConfirmed
Case Update Status
Punjab govt withdraw the FIR
Summary of Case
"The Punjab government has indicated that it will quash the first information report (FIR) registered against SAMAA TV reporter Daniyal Umer for reporting ‘fake Covid vaccine entry’ in the name of late Kulsoom Nawaz in Lahore, it was learnt on OCt 5, 2021.
The FIR was registered under Section 420 [cheating and dishonesty].
“Whatever happened with Daniyal Umer is condemnable and the FIR will be disposed of,” said a spokesperson for the Punjab government Hassan Khawar on the SAMAA TV program Awaz. “There is no censorship on any journalist in Punjab. We have never harassed any reporter, and we never will.”
The Punjab government, he said, encouraged reporters for investigative journalism so that the provincial government could address flaws in the system.
According to reports, the Covid vaccine, given under Kulsoom Nawaz’s CNIC number, was registered and administered in the name of a Lahore-based woman who was inoculated on October 5. While checking the system error, it was observed that the system replied ‘This citizen is not eligible for vaccination’ on multiple occasions. The first message was received by Daniyal Umer’s phone number.
The FIR, registered on a complaint filed by the deputy health officer in Mailsi, claimed: “Daniyal Umer has registered the CNIC number of a deceased woman. This is fraud and an attempt to degrade the system.”
“This story exposes flaws in the systems of the Punjab government,” said Daniyal Umer.
To verify the news, the Lahore-based reporter, Daniyal Umer, had sent a message on 1166 with the CNIC number of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. According to the government record, Begum Nawaz, who had died on September 11, 2018, had been vaccinated with the first dose of PakVac-CanSino on October 5 at the DHQ hospital in Mailsi.
Earlier in the day, addressing a press conference, federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed assured an independent investigation of the FIR.
“I will investigate this matter,” he said. “We should see the repercussions of such news. This will put a question mark on the vaccination status of other Pakistani citizens,” he added.
Earlier, SAMAA TV also reported two fake vaccine entries of PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif, who is in London since 2019."
Category of Incident
ICCS Divisions: 0202 -Acts against liberty
ICCS Group: 02022-Deprivation of liberty
ICCS Class: 020222-Illegal restraint
ICCS Crime: Acts against liberty
Date of incident
Name of affected person
Other affected persons
No other person affected
Name of affected organization
Other affected organizations
No other organization affected
Age of victim
Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced
Date of compensation announcement by government: No compensation announced
Date of compensation paid by government: No compensation announced
Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced
Date of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced
Date compensation paid by others: No compensation announced
Was FIR registered ?: Yes
Date of FIR: 05/10/2021
FIR Details: FIR No. 527/21 FIR was registered under Section 420 [cheating and dishonesty].
Police station of FIR: Vehari City
Name of complainant: Dr. Muhammad Naveed Iqbal
Name of accused in FIR: Daniyal Umer
Was case investigated ?: Yes
Court where case was presented: Case was not presented in any court
Name of prosecuting lawyer: Case was not presented in any court
Date of first court hearing:
Date of last court hearing:
Status of court case: Case was not presented in any court
Journalist Union Status
Media Source Status
Colleague of victim
Samaa news condemned.
Press Club Status
Press club 1: Lahore press club condemned.
Press club 2:
Press club 3: