Rana Mohammad Arshad
FOE Link or motive by PPFConfirmed
Case Update Status
Islamabad High Court's order was in favour of Journalist, Case Closed
Summary of Case
"On 8th Oct, 2020 The Journalist Rana Muhammad Arshad filed a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) against Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Journalist had alleged that an FIA investigating officer had raided his house and harassed him and his family. Arshad's lawyers had said, during previous hearings that because of opinions and views expressed by him on social media, he was being harassed by the FIA’s Cybercrime Wing.
On 3rd Nov, 2020 In Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah heared a petition and ordered in favor of journalist. A panel of lawyers comprising representing the journalist asserted that because of opinions and views expressed by the petitioner on social media, he was being harassed by the FIA's Cybercrime Wing. According to one of the lawyers on the panel, Arshad was summoned by the FIA and later his house was raided by officials of the agency.
In defence, the investigating officer appeared before the court previously and claimed that he had only gone to the house to verify the address, but the court noted that the FIA had not provided any evidence of wrongdoing against Arshad.
“He has further stated that, during the course of the investigation, no incriminating material whatsoever could be collected against the petitioner,” read the IHC’s order.
The court further noted that a notice had issued to the petitioner due to the vagueness of the accusations. The court spoke about the fact the petitioner was summoned due to a cellular number being registered in his name. “He could not give a plausible explanation for sending the undated notice or failure to disclose the purpose for summoning the petitioner,” stated the court.
The court felt that these actions by the FIA, which propagate “apprehension or fear” in the minds of those journalists whose job is to report information to the public, is “intolerable” and “undermines the independence”.
“Freedom of speech and expression is the most cherished human right and fortifies the other constitutionally guaranteed rights.”
Justice Minallah directed the director-general of the FIA to formulate special guidelines for investigating officers in proceeding against journalists."
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
South Asia Monitor
Date of incident
Name of affected person
Rana Mohammad Arshad
Other affected persons
No other person affected
Name of affected organization
No organization affected, Social Media matter
Other affected organizations
No other organization affected
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)
Age of victim
Journalist denied to share
Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation Announced
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
Date of compensation announced by others: N/A
Date compensation paid by others: N/A
Was FIR registered ?: No
Was case investigated ?: Yes
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: Islamabad High Court
Journalist Union Status
Media Source Status
Media reports:https://southasiamonitor.org/pakistan/islamabad-hc-bars-journalists-arrest-over-tweets#:~:text=The%20Islamabad%20High%20Court%20(IHC,it%20was%20reported%20on%20Friday&text=Image-,The%20Islamabad%20High%20Court%20(IHC)%20has%20barred%20the%20Federal%20Investigation,it%20was%20reported%20on%20Friday. https://archive.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/11/15/ihc-disappointed-with-petitions-creating-perception-of-abuse/
Colleague of victim
Press Club Status
Press club 1: N/A
Press club 2: N/A
Press club 3: N/A