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CEO ARY, TV anchors booked in treason case, director news arrested in Karachi

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Karachi police have registered a treason case against ARY CEO/owner Salman Iqbal, senior TV anchors and director news in connection with controversial views of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill aired in a news programme of the TV channel.

A day after arrest of Shahbaz Gill, Director news of ARY Ammad Yousuf had also been arrested in Karachi from his DHA residence and more arrests are expected in this case.

According to the FIR, producer Adeel Raja, Ammad Yousaf, and anchorpersons Arshad Sharif and Khawar Ghuman have been nominated in the case registered on August 8 in Karachi. Memon Goth SHO Ateequr Rehman got registered FIR.

It was filed under Sections 121 (waging war against Pakistan), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statements conducive to public mischief), 153 (wantonly provoking with the intent to cause riot), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 131 (abetting mutiny or attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty), 124-A (sedition), 120 (concealing the design to commit an offence punishable with imprisonment), 34 (common intention) and 109 (abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The FIR said that a clip of a news bulletin, aired on August 8 by ARY News, had gone viral on social media, in which Gill had made “hateful remarks” against the Pakistan Army.

Sharif and Ghuman participated in the programme as analysts, the FIR said.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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