LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has begun an investigation into death threats made via Facebook to the two main actors in Kaptaan, a film based on cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s life, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Abdul Manan, who plays the role of Imran Khan in the movie, and Saeeda Imtiaz, who plays Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith, approached the FIA’s National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes (NR3C) and showed them the threats made to them on Facebook by a user with the ID ‘Well wisher’.
Manan told The Tribune that the first threat, directed at both him and Imtiaz, had been posted on May 23, 2012. “We ignored it. But then more and more threatening posts were made, some of them mentioning where we had been,” he said.
After one shoot, ‘Well wisher’ left a threatening message on Facebook noting that they had been filming at Karachi University, he said. In other messages, he had threatened to kill Imran Khan and large numbers of citizens. He had also claimed to have killed Benazir Bhutto.
Manan said that they had informed the film’s director, Faisal Aman Khan, and Imran Khan himself regarding the threats. He said that ‘Well wisher’ had not made his objection to the film known, only that it must not be released and the actors must quit their roles. He said that because of the threats, the film makers had not shot Imran Khan’s Hyderabad rally.
Sources said that Khan had contacted the FIA and asked for help in catching the person who was threatening the actors and film. The NR3C has obtained the entire record of the threatening messages received from ‘Well wisher’ and has started the process of trying to identify him or her.
Manan said that the shooting of Kaptaan was almost complete and the film would be ready for release by mid-Muharram.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2012.
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