Pakistan: The administrative judge of Karachi-based antiterrorism courts remanded a senior journalist to prison on Wednesday in a case based on charges of fanning religious disharmony.
The Counter Terrorism Department said it had arrested Nasrullah Khan Chaudhry, a journalist associated with Urdu-language daily Nai Baat, from his house in Karachi’s Garden East on Nov 11. It accused him of fanning religious disharmony as some journals and booklets about Afghan Jihad and the Punjabi Taliban were found during the raid on his house.
After the end of his two-day physical remand, the investigating officer (IO) produced him again in the court on Wednesday. He said the provincial government had constituted a joint investigation team, which grilled the journalist.
The Inquiry Officer said as Mr. Nasrullah was no more required for investigation, he should be sent to prison.
Ahmed Malik, the president of Karachi Press Club (KPC), informed the judge that law enforcement agencies raided the KPC on the night of Nov 8 and harassed journalists.
He further said the agencies raided the house of KPC member Nasrullah Chaudhry the following night and “framed him in a case about recovery of prohibited literature”.
The administrative judge sent the journalist to prison on judicial remand and directed the Inquiry officer to file an investigation report .
The CTD has filed charges against the newsman under sections 11-F (i) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 (a person is guilty of an offence if he belongs or professes to belong to a proscribed organization), 11-W(i) (printing, publishing or disseminating any material to incite hatred or giving projection to any person convicted of a terrorist act or any proscribed organization or an organization placed under observation or anyone involved in terrorism) and section 7.
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