IHC stops Hanif Abbasi from performing duties as SAPM

IHC stops arrests under section 20 of PECA Act

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday had blocked authorities from making arrests under Section 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA) amendments, 2022.

While conducting hearing on petition filed by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) against the ordinance, the court remarked that the director general of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will be responsible if detentions will be made under the section 20.

IHC further requires adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Earlier, PFUJ challenged the act in IHC and stated that the Constitution allows everyone to speak freely.

The request said the media was shut down during the term of Pakistan’s current government, Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), due to unannounced restrictions on journalists.

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