LAHORE: Punjab Police on Saturday registered an FIR against an unknown person on charges of hate speech.
The FIR was lodged under section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code on application of Islampura Police Station House Officer (SHO) Nasir Hameed. SHO Hameed, in his application, said that he had received a package containing a USB flash drive that some unknown complainant had placed in his police station’s complaint box. He said the flash drive contained a video recording of an unknown person making some objectionable comments.
President of the Lahore chapter of Sunni Tehreek, Mujahid Abdul Rasool, claimed to be the complainant and said that he filed an application against Shaan Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, at the Mughalpura police station.
Shaan, in a message posted on his Facebook wall, also claimed the police had registered an FIR against him on charges of ‘hate speech’. He claimed the FIR was prompted by a video Christmas message he had posted online.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2017.
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