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Islamabad police book TV hosts Sabir Shakir, Moeed Pirzada for May 9 vandalism

Case registered under sections of sedition and terrorism on citizen's complaint

By Ahmed Subhan
June 14, 2023
Anchorpersons Sabir Shakir and Moeed Pirzada. — Twitter/Facebook
Anchorpersons Sabir Shakir and Moeed Pirzada. — Twitter/Facebook

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police on Wednesday registered a case against anchorpersons Sabir Shakir, Moeed Pirzada, and Akbar Hussain under sections of terrorism and sedition for alleged involvement in the May 9 violent protests.

The TV hosts were booked on the complaint of a citizen named Majid Mehmood, for allegedly inciting the public into violence and vandalism amid the protests.

The complainant claimed that the charged public stationed at the Melody area in the federal capital was taking instructions directly from the nominated suspects via video.

The suspects provoked innocent people via video messages and social media posts and were playing the role of instruments of foreign anti-state agencies, he added.

"Rebellion and chaos were spread in the country by attacking military installations," the FIR stated.

Earlier, Washington-based journalist Shaheen Sehbai and three vloggers — Syed Haider Raza Mehdi, Wajahat Saeed Khan, and major (retired) Adil Farooq Raja — were also booked for inciting violence during the May 9 protests.

The arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had triggered a response from the supporters of his party in the shape of deadly protests in major cities.

Several party leaders and thousands of workers have so far been booked in connection with the violent protests that saw attacks on the state and military installations and the deaths of numerous people.