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FIA to arrest social media influencers involved in venomous campaign against army helicopter crash

The political leaders who led the campaign will also be arrested after investigating the individuals who initiated a malicious propaganda.

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to arrest all the social media influencers involved in negative propaganda against Lasbela helicopter crash of army.

Lt-General Sarfaraz Ali Khan and five other army officers embraced martyrdom in the helicopter crash last month.

The political leaders who led the campaign will also be arrested after investigating the individuals who initiated a malicious propaganda.

A social media campaign was launched against the Pakistan Army by the workers of a political party and some Indian social media accounts also actively participated in it. The investigations show that at least 17 Indian accounts were linked to the campaign.

Several activists of a political party have been identified who carried out a malicious campaign soon after the crash of army helicopter.

A week ago, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing registered a case and launched an investigation into the malicious social media propaganda following the martyrdom of army officers in the Balochistan helicopter crash.

A joint investigation team led by FIA’s Additional Director General Cybercrime Muhammad Jafar is carrying out the probe.

The investigation team includes Director Operations Waqar Chauhan, Additional Director Ayaz, and Assistant Director Imran Haider.

The development follows after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif characterised the campaign as “horrifying”.

“The social media campaign belittling and ridiculing the sacrifices of our martyrs was horrifying,” he wrote in a message on Twitter.

The prime minister attributed such vitriol to “self-righteous political narratives”.

“They poison the minds of the youth and weaponise hate speech. Which way are we headed?” he asked.

Javed Mahmood
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