FIA arrests student for harassing girl on Facebook

Published: October 31, 2015
The accused made a fake profile in the victim’s name and started blackmailing her. PHOTO: REUTERS

The accused made a fake profile in the victim’s name and started blackmailing her. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The Cyber Crime Circle of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claims to have arrested a young student for allegedly blackmailing a girl via the social networking website, Facebook.

The accused, 21-year-old Abdul Moiz, was arrested on Thursday night during a raid at his residence in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. He was shifted to the Crime Circle for further questioning. The Cyber Crime Circle took action on the complaint of a man, Saleem, who had approached the FIA against his daughter’s harassment.

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The complainant, in his written application, had informed the FIA that his daughter was being harassed and blackmailed through a fake Facebook account. “Someone is harassing and blackmailing my daughter using a Facebook account in my daughter’s name and displaying her picture,” explained the complainant.

It took around one-and-a-half months to trace and arrest the suspect. “Finally, we managed to trace the suspect by using technical resources and arrested him,” Cyber Crime Circle official Habibur Rehman told The Express Tribune.

The suspect, Moiz, is a student of Iqra University, and had been indulging in these activities since the last few months. The victim is also a student of a reputed university in Karachi. “The girl and the accused were schoolmates and were good friends but when he [accused] noticed the girl was avoiding him and chatting with another boy, he decided to blackmail her to take revenge,” the officer explained, while quoting the initial investigation. The officer said that the accused is on remand and will be questioned further as a case has been registered against him.

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Cyber crimes are on the rise in Pakistan and hundreds of cases of blackmailing or threats through social media occur each year. Due to the unavailability of a cybercrime law, officials of the Cyber Crime Circle use the Electronic Transaction Ordinance, 2002, and the Pakistan Penal Code to make their cases which usually give benefit to the suspects.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st,  2015.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • zain
    Oct 31, 2015 - 1:18PM

    can anyone explain how do you define harassment in Pakistan ?
    what is the criteria ?Recommend

  • Haseeb Aftab
    Oct 31, 2015 - 1:21PM

    That’s more like it. We need to create awareness among our children regarding this harassment thing. I am glad that the girl approached her father for this issue and her dad trusted the FIA and logged complaint. Hats Off. Recommend

  • Offended
    Oct 31, 2015 - 1:39PM

    the accused is a student of Iqra University and the girl is a student of reputed university? Wah! Khula tazaad!Recommend

  • Neelo
    Oct 31, 2015 - 6:29PM

    Reminds me when I was been harassed by my ex dewwar and jaith on facebook as he was to expose my real bad cooking and cleaning skills. Indeed its sadRecommend

  • rauf k
    Oct 31, 2015 - 8:10PM

    The complainant should also find this a ripe time for introspection. To blackmail someone, you have to have something against them. Instead of putting our girls in burqa (hahah i sprinkled water on fuming liberals here), we should teach them how to steer clear off of d-bags and ‘nice’ ‘cutte’ boys.Recommend

  • umar tariq
    Oct 31, 2015 - 10:42PM

    The suspect moiz does not belongs to influential family , so ” will be questioned further as a case has been registered against him.” Recommend

  • Ghazanfarullah Khan
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:23PM

    This news is fake / false, The student is not belong to Iqra University at all.Recommend

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