FOE Link or motive by PPFConfirmed
Case Update Status
Shoaib Sheikh and Sami Abaraham are on protective bail till July 4, 2023.
Summary of Case
"Another First Information Report was registered against Bol Network's owner Shoiab Sheikh and anchorperson Sami Abraham in Islamabad’s Kohsar police station on June 15, 2023. FIR was registered by a local citizen of Islamabad named Arifullah with serious charges including sedition, conspiracy, waging war, and terrorism for their alleged involvement in the violence on May 9, following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's chairperson Imran Khan in Islamabad. The FIR (475/23) was registered under sections of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), 124-A, 120-B, 121, 121-A, 131, and Anti Terrorist Act 7, 21 I, 11Wii. Speaking to PPF, Sami Abraham told PPF that on June 16 he got protective bail from Anti-Terrorsism Court Islamabad and justice Azam Khan granted interim bail to him till July 4 and he will join the investigations and court will resume on July 4 for further investigations, same goes for Shaoib Sheikh he got protective bail from Sindh High Court on June 16 and he will soon come to Islamabad for further investigations and court proceedings. ""I did not file any application for FIR dismissal however we will join the investigations and court proceedings"" Abraham added. “The allegations were baseless and totally false” Abraham added. Siddiq Jan, Bureau chief of Bol News Islamabad told PPF that Sami Abraham and Shoaib Sheikh that duty judge of Anti-Terrorism Court Azam Khan granted protective bail to Sami Abraham till July 4, 2023, however Shoaib produced in Sindh High Court and justice Junaid Ghaffar accepted protective bail of Sheikh, court directed police to not arrest Sheikh. According to media reports, Islamabad IGP Dr Akbar Nasir said the FIR has been registered against the suspects on the complaint of a citizen according to law. Sami’s brother, Ali Raza said that on June 15, 2023 Abraham took protective bail from ATC and he will soon file an application for the dismissal of the FIR. Speaking to PPF, Myra Azam, vice president of Islamabad Press Club told that she has requested multiple times with General Secretary of National Press Club, Raja Khalil Ahmed and others to at least issue a statement in support of the journalists who have been booked under sedition charges but they are showing non-serious attitude and not ready to issue any statement. She also said the Press Club should call for a protest in this regard. “President Anwar Raza is out of the country these days but the General Secretary and others can issue a statement” Azam added. Raja Amir Abbas, legal representative of Sami Abraham told PPF that he has no knowledge of any protective bail and Abraham did not approach him regarding this issue however he spoke to Abraham and he will file for an application regarding the dismissal of the FIR. Saeed Sarbazi, president of Karachi Press Club told PPF that the press club did not issue any statement as Shoiab Sheikh is not a member of the press club."
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
Name of affected organization
Other affected organizations
By a local citizen of Islamabad, Arifullah.
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: 15/06/2023
FIR Details: FIR Number: 475/23
Police station of FIR: Kohsar police station
Name of complainant: Arifullah
Name of accused in FIR: Sami Abraham and Shoiab Sheikh.
Was case investigated ?: Yes
Court where case was presented: Sindh High Court
Name of prosecuting lawyer: Not available
Date of first court hearing: 16/06/2023
Date of last court hearing: 16/06/2023
Status of court case: Court will resumeon July 4, 2023.
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Press Club Status
Press club 1: "Speaking to PPF, Myra Azam, vice president of Islamabad Press Club told that she has requested multiple times with General Secretary of National Press Club, Raja Khalil Ahmed and others to at least issue a statement in support of the journalists who have been booked under sedition charges but they are showing non-serious attitude and not ready to issue any statement. She also said the Press Club should call for a protest in this regard. Saeed Sarbazi, president of Karachi Press Club told PPF that the press club did not issue any statement as Shoiab Sheikh is not a member of the press club."
Press club 2: N/A
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