Location of leading and popular YouTuber Jameel Farooqi stayed unknown on On Monday, when the Islamabad police reported that he had been arrested in Karachi for false accusation by law enforcement of physical and sexual abuse of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, while SHO Zaman Town Zahid Lodhi denied any such step by the local police.
representative for Islamabad Police in the statement said that the case was registered against Farooqi at Ramna police station.
“In his video blog, the suspect falsely accused the Islamabad police. of sexually and physically abused Gill,” the statement, which was also brought Radio Pakistan.
Host’s statements are repetition of PTI requirements of Gill is “sexually assaulted” and “mentally and physically tortured” by investigators during an ongoing investigation. against his in case of rebellion.
first information report (FIR) against Farooqi, copy of which the available with Dawn.comwas registered on Sunday under sections 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation), 501 (printed or graphic materials known to be libelous) and 186 (obstruction public servant in dismiss of public functions) of Pakistan Penal Code (CPC).
The applicant, a judge, said that he had seen a video distributed in different groups on his phone, where is Farooqi, in vlog on his YouTube channel, shared graphic details of alleged torture by Islamabad police of head of PTI.
The complaint says that the journalist tried to discredit the police. with false charges, which amounted to obstruction of the investigation.
it added that the journalist was trying to distract the police, create anarchy and provoke public against officials.
Karachi police deny arrest
Zaman Town SHO Zahid Lodhi, however, said Dawn.com that the local police did not arrest the YouTuber.
He said employee of Bol TV, who introduced himself as Kamran Minhas, called the police station and said that Farooqi left channel office in Korangi on Saturday night, but has since gone missing.
The officer said he told Minhas that Farooqi was not taken into custody by the local police or anyone else. team falls under its jurisdiction.
Separately, Bol TV President and Editor-in- said chief Nazir Leghari Dawn.com that Farooqi was bound with channel and hosted program on a regular the foundation.
“Perhaps someone had a difference of opinion about his views, but he did not commit any crimeLeghari insisted.
He was of in view what government accepted such a “arbitrary tactics when their days in power are numbered.”
He asked media brotherhood to raise them voice against this “tyranny” media freedom will be “minimized” if timely action is not taken.
Commenting on farouki arrest, senior This was stated by PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry. government was using forced tactics “control” a few media groups. “But the days of the cruelties are numbered,” he said. added.
Bol TV Sami Ibrahim said the journalist was arrested.”for creating a vlog that was nothing more than a political satire.” He said the police had arrested Farouki, but his whereabouts were unknown.
KUJ condemns Farooqi’s ‘disappearance’
Separate Union of Karachi of Journalists (KUJ) condemned Farooqi “arrest and subsequent disappearance” and urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to take note of “violation of human rights and vindictive policy against in media persons”.
KUZH also demanded that Farooqi be brought to trial concerned.
KUJ President Shahid Iqbal and General Secretary Fahim Siddiqui said in a statement that the Islamabad police have registered the case. against Farouki at 22:55 on Sunday noting that he was registered in Karachi in a few hours.
“He was arrested when he left his Bol TV office after holding a program there at night. he traveled in a car and was on his way home when unknown faces took its far along with his car and since then its whereabouts [are] unknown,” the statement said.
KUJ considers Farouki’s video blog to be objectionable and contrary to journalistic and moral values, but his detention from way was against in basic human rights and against his right to defend himself, the statement said.