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No action against journalists over FIA notices till elections, assures Attorney General

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : – Attorney General of Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan assured the Supreme Court (SC) that no action would be taken against the journalists over the notices issued by the FIA till Feb 8 polls.

The suo motu case of harassment of journalists was adjourned till the first week of March.

A three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa is hearing the case. Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Mussarat Hilali are the other members of bench.

At the outset of the hearing on Tuesday, Attorney General Mansoor Usman Awan came on the rostrum while the counsel of Press Association of the Supreme Court Jahangir Jadoon read the court order that was announced yesterday.

“Who is the mysterious force that is running the country,” chief justice asked during the hearing.

He asked that why did the journalists not move a fresh petition in the case.

Aqeel Afzal, president of Press Association of the Supreme Court, said that they didn’t get the complete list of notices issued to the journalists yet.

Anchor Matiullah Jan said that attempts are being made to silence the journalists before the general elections scheduled for Feb 8.

Advocate Haider Waheed said that the supreme court should direct the federal government to make the code of conduct for social media in consultation with the concerned stakeholders.

Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar remarked that there is no law to regulate the digital media.

“We don’t care about criticism because we follow the law and constitution,” Chief Justice Isa remarked.

The court was told that the notices issued to journalists are still in place despite the observation of the supreme court given yesterday.

President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Afzal Butt also appeared before the court. “It is really unfortunate that the FIA has mixed the criticism and trolling. Media is being targeted by the FIA to silence us,” he said.

Later, Attorney General assured the journalists and the court that no action would be taken on the notices till elections.