Pakistani police release journalist accused of defaming army

Pakistani police on Saturday acquitted a local journalist of defaming the army after a court reprimanded the police for exceeding their mandate, said Bilal Farooqi, the journalist's lawyer.

Pakistani police release journalist accused of defaming army

Farooqi, a controversial critic of both the military and the government, was arrested’ on Friday on charges of defaming the country and the military and spreading religious hatred.

The latest crackdown on journalists critical of the government is Farooq i’s arrest and subsequent release. Just days after Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated this, Pakistan has an independent media.

Farooqi's lawyer Ghulam Shabbir told Reuters: "The court asked the police if the FIR (first information report) does not stand, who gave you the authority to pick up people from their homes."

Shabbir said he expects a police report to be submitted’ within a week and the matter resolved.

"The allegations against me are so absurd that I am spreading religious hatred and defaming institutions. These are all false allegations," Farooqi told Reuters before his court appearance.


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