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Supreme Court orders FIA to withdraw notices against Journalists: Criticism of Judiciary

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court three-member bench, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and including Justices Aminuddin Khan and Musarrat Hilali, ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to cease issuing notices to journalists for criticizing the judiciary.

The directive came during proceedings prompted by a petition challenging FIA notices sent to numerous journalists.

Representatives from the Journalists Association of the Supreme Court were present, with Attorney General Mansoor Awan representing the government.

Chief Justice Isa emphasized the detrimental impact on the country when the judiciary is subjected to mockery but cautioned against harassing or intimidating journalists solely for expressing criticism.

He highlighted that cases should not be filed against journalists merely exercising their right to free speech.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Ishaq Jahangir, an officer holding the distinguished rank of grade 21 in the Pakistan Police Service, has been appointed as the Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), according to an official notification issued by the Establishment Division. This elevation marks a significant milestone in his already illustrious career.

Jahangir’s extensive and notable career within the FIA has contributed to his appointment, showcasing his commitment to law enforcement and his exceptional leadership skills. Prior to this prestigious role, he served as the Additional DG Cybercrime, where he played a crucial role in addressing the evolving challenges of cyber threats in the contemporary landscape.

One of Jahangir’s recent key responsibilities involved heading the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) dedicated to addressing issues related to the anti-judiciary campaign on social media. This underscores his proactive approach to tackling emerging challenges and maintaining the integrity of the judicial system.

The appointment of Ahmad Ishaq Jahangir as the Director General of FIA is expected to bring valuable expertise and seasoned leadership to the organization. With his background in cybercrime and experience heading critical investigations, Jahangir is well-equipped to steer the agency towards greater efficiency and effectiveness in combating various forms of crime.

The positive reception of this news highlights the significance of Jahangir’s background and experience in law enforcement. His proven track record and dedication to upholding law and order have earned him respect among his peers and the public.

The anticipation is that his leadership will further enhance the capabilities of the Federal Investigation Agency in its ongoing efforts to ensure justice and maintain a secure environment for the citizens of Pakistan.

In conclusion, Ahmad Ishaq Jahangir’s appointment as the Director General of FIA signifies a strategic move to strengthen the agency’s leadership with a seasoned professional, reflecting the government’s commitment to addressing contemporary challenges in law enforcement and cybersecurity.

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