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Thursday, February 15, 2024

FIA warns overseas Pakistanis of arrest

The news has triggered a strong reaction from the overseas Pakistanis including singer Annie Khalid who denounced the decision and said that she will continue to protest against the government.

Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) has warned overseas Pakistanis who are involved in the intense protest against the change of the government in Pakistan. FIA warned the overseas Pakistani who are involved in committing offenses on social media.

The agency said their names can be put on Exit Control List (ECL) and can be issued red notices to Interpol to arrest them.

According to a press release issued by the FIA: “All the Pakistani expatriates are advised to desist from spreading chaos in Pakistan. Their social media posts must not be offensive and seditious. They must read the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 to make sure that their social media posts do not constitute any offense.”

It further said: “If they commit any offense, the red notices through Interpol can be issued to arrest them, and their names can be put on the Exit Control List (ECL).”

It advised: “They need to avoid committing any offense on social media, and the advisory is only for offenders. Any attempts by anyone, staying anywhere in the world to create disturbance in Pakistan or defame the dignity of a natural person, or act against the modesty of a natural person through fake news or fake videos, are against the laws of Pakistan. Such attempts are punishable under Pakistani laws. The offenders will be prosecuted in Pakistan whenever possible. Hence, anyone must avoid committing any such offenses through any media platform.”

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The news has triggered a strong reaction from the overseas Pakistanis including singer Annie Khalid who denounced the decision and said that she will continue to protest against the government.

“The government will now be issuing arrest warrants for overseas Pakistanis VIA Interpol, for tweeting against them. Never knew Interpol had so much free time on their hands, well, in that case, plz arrest me first because I am not stopping,” said the singer in her tweet who is protesting against the current government ferociously.