- Marrium Aurangzeb says plea was recalled as his against government policy and principle of standing for freedom of expression.
- He speaks news of plea got to them “with a little delay” because they in Bisham for PML-N public congregated where the signals were weak.
- FIA representative says in plea was filed without accepting MIA and government approval.
ISLAMABAD: Hours after FIA appealed to Supreme Court for restoration of section 20 in PECA Act 2016, Information Minister Marrium Aurangzeb announced what plea was “immediately withdrawn”, as they say against in governments policy for freedom of expression.
” prime minister and I just found out that the FIA has filed a petition in Supreme Court against Islamabad High Court decision regarding the 2016 PECA Restoration Act of section 20 of Law. Please note that this petition is being withdrawn immediately as it expressly against the government said policy and principle of standing for and ensuring freedom of expression,” he tweeted. information minister.
Aurangzeb said that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif “strictly considered of innings” of petition.
She shared that news of the petition reached them “with a slight delay” as they in Bisham for in public collection “during the day when there were no signals”.
representative of FIA also confirmed that the appeal was “immediately withdrawn”.
“The FIA, without accepting the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the government, filed a petition with the approval,” the spokeswoman said. Geo News.
PFUJ salutes the Prime Minister decision
Federal Union of Pakistan of Journalists (PFUJ), who was made part of petition hailed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s order for withdrawal of the FIA petition.
journalists body said it was attractive for “urgent meeting” of Joint Action Committee review PECA act.
“For the cordial media relationship with the government dialogue this is the only solution for enforcement of the right of freedom of expression and the press,” the PFUJ said in a statement.
Before directives were issued to withdraw the petition, the PFUJ expressed concern over in plea.
In a statement from journalists body demanded that the FIA recall plea and also asked Prime Minister Shehbaz to take note of of petition.
“War of freedom of self-expression will continue until the goals are achieved,” said PFUJ President Sahibzada Zulfiqar. He had also “expressed concern” over “language used in petition” against PFYUZH.
What was the FIA petition?
Earlier today, the FIA appealed to the Supreme Court. for restoration of very controversial section 20 of PECA Law 2016.
In his plea, director general of The FIA disputed in the Supreme Court whether Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah was “justified or right” to strike down section 20 of Law.
the agency had also asked the Supreme Court to check whether the Islamabad High Court had “deliberately gone beyond its legal parameters” in Article 199 wanted court to determine if there was a strike of this section was tantamount to “wrongful interference with in affairs of federation”.
The FIA had also asked the Supreme Court to review whether the IHC order was in “direct confrontation and conflict with Article 184(3)”.
The FIA had also argued in its petition on whether the IHC’s order was an “undue favor” on the PFUJ “without any legal basis, as certain unscrupulous elements are involved.” in throw undignified, unparliamentary, slanderous and sarcastic remarks and language on law-abiding citizens, as well as on respected judges of supreme judiciary, hierarchy of Federation and state institutions valiant armed forces”.
The FIA asked the Court to consider that the FIA, by issuing such a directive, violated “a universally recognized historical legal maxim, i.e. audi alteram partem (hear another side; one Both sides must be heard of business to achieve decision)”. It was claimed that bench gave full audience at PFUJ and directed request against FIA officials who were not party to the point.
Investigation Agency also asked the Supreme Court to review whether the IHC order was “result of misreading and not reading of spirit of section 20 of PEKA.
This is also asked the Sun to investigate whether the IHC order had “extended improper, illegal and unbridled incentive “to PFUJ”with blank slate to defame those restricted by Article 19-A of Constitution”.
The FIA pleaded with the Supreme Court to accept her appeal and “suspend” the IHC’s decision pending a hearing.
IHC declares PECA ruling unconstitutional
Last month, the IHC announced the prevention of The Electronic Crime Act (PECA) ruling of 2016 is “unconstitutional”, including the section of law. The court instructed the federal government investigate abuse of law and report in 30 days.
Petition against The PECA ruling was heard by IHC Chief Judge Atar Minalla. The petition was filed by the Pakistan Federal Union. of Journalists (PFUJ).
President Dr. Arif Alvi issued a decree in February to amend the PECA law as government switched to curb “fake news”. According to journalists and experts, governments move aimed at suppressing dissent on social media and control media.
media authorities challenged the “draconian law” in IHC after nationwide protests.
Journalists’ associations including Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), Council of Pakistani Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) and some senior journalists of country petitioned through senior Attorney Munir A Malik.
Four page order of The IHC stated that freedom of speech protected by Article 19 and the right to receive information according to Article 19-A of The constitution matters for in development, progress and prosperity of society and its suppression is unconstitutional and contrary to democratic values.
“Criminalization of slander, protection of individual reputation through arrest and imprisonment and subsequent cooling effect violates the letter of The Constitution and its invalidity are beyond reasonable doubt,” reads the ruling, authored by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah.
The court ruled that the ruling was made public in retreat of The Constitution and the fundamental rights guaranteed by it, in particular Articles 9, 14, 19 and 19-A.
“Jurisdictional prerequisites were also No in existence,” it says.
“Prevention of The Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 and its promulgation are declared unconstitutional, invalid beyond reasonable doubt, and therefore repealed. down”.
Article 20 offense of Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 in part of the expression “or harms reputationand the punishment for it is unconstitutional, void beyond reasonable doubt, and therefore down.
Court also canceled the proceedings against petitioners.
“It is expected that the federal government review defamation laws, in particular the Defamation Ordinance 2002, and subsequently propose relevant laws in the Majlis-e-Shura (parliament) for make its implementation effective,” the court said in its ruling.
IHC CJ Athar Minallah also instructed the Ministry of the Interior to investigate the actions of officials of Cybercrime Wing of Federal Investigation Agency, which led to widespread abuse of powers and subsequent grave violations of basic rights of townspeople.
secretary was ordered to submit a report within thirty days.