'Social media sensation' Nasir Khanjan granted bail, case referred to FIA

Khanjan was arrested after a citizen lodged complaint that he had posted videos contrary to Pashtun values


Izhar Ullah February 11, 2017
Nasir Khanjan was arrested after a citizen lodged complaint that he had posted videos contrary to Pashtun values. PHOTO: facebook.com/Nasirkhanjan

PESHAWAR: Self-proclaimed social media sensation Nasir Khanjan was on Saturday granted bail by a lower court in Lower Dir, with his case referred to the Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Khanjan was taken into custody by police under Section 107 of Pakistan Penal Code after a citizen lodged complaint that the former was making and posting videos, which he said, were against Pashtun values.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Timergara DSP Fakhre Alam said the complaint was received through the Chief Minister’s Complaint cell in Peshawar and was referred to Timergara police.

Since the case does not fall in the domain of the police, it has been forwarded back to the Cyber Crime Wing, the officer added.

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Reacting to his arrest, Khanjan said, "I never posted anything vulgar nor have hurt sentiments of anyone including Pashtuns, adding that police misbehaved with him and directed to shut his Facebook page or use it for posting "Islamic and decent stuff".

Khanjan also lamented that the police had arrested him from his house without detailing reasons and was handcuffed in the police station. He also denied allegations that he had posted anything against the Pashtun cultural norms and values.

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"I appeared before a local court and was granted bail against personal surety bonds of three of my relatives," he added.

However, the DSP said, "We treated Khanjan under Section 107 of PPC which deals with cases of instigating others to do an act which can harm others. No police official has used any abusive words for him during the entire legal process."

Khanjan created a Facebook page last year which has now over 0.1 million followers where he posts material ranging from humorous clips, health tips and well as songs of famous artists in his voice.

In December last year, Khanjan was reportedly attacked by local villagers averse to his social media presence.

COMMENTS (13)

D Kamal | 4 years ago | Reply My personal opinion is that OK the videos for me personally are of no interest. But that should not mean if you don't like the videos you should file an FIR the person who filed the FIR should be charged with wasting police time. Just don't go on his page. Personally now I support him because a grave injustice has happened to him and it would be shameful to sit idle. Let him do what he wants to do it is his life. He hasn't done anything wrong he is just trying to get fans. As a Pakistani I feel ashamed when society completely thinks they have the moral authority to judge someone and to make a criminal out of an innocent person. Why are the mullah types on Facebook in the first place should they not be in the masjid or something why are they watching his videos if they are so offended. It's absurd to even imagine that one person can bring a criminal cases against someone on such spurious accusations. Are they the standard bearers of their culture and who made them the leader and moral epotimy of Pushtoon or any other cultures for that matter?
Umar | 4 years ago | Reply His only crime was that he challenged patriarchy. Men complained because they couldn't stand to see one of their own act effeminate.
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