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PESHAWAR: A local court sent a detained Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf worker to the jail on a 14 days judicial remand here on Monday on the charge of sharing a ‘deepfake’ video of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz vice-president Maryam Nawaz on social media.

The Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency had taken the suspect, Fayyazuddin, a resident of Tehkal area in Peshawar city, into custody on Sunday.

He had shared the video clip from his Twitter account.

The FIA officials produced him before judicial magistrate Sher Hassan and insisted that the detainee was held for uploading a deepfake video of the PML-N’s woman leader on social media.


The agency sought two days physical custody of the suspect. However, the court turned the request down and ordered the sending of the accused to the jail on a 14 days judicial remand.

A FIA official told Dawn that the suspect was held over the sharing of a deepfake video of the PML-N leader performing a belly dance.

He said that the suspect also used his Twitter account for spreading propaganda against the Pakistan Army.

The FIR registered against the suspect read that the inquiry conducted by the FIA ‘established the accused with mala-fide intentions and ulterior motives, started highly obnoxious intimidating campaign through his Twitter account against Maryam Nawaz’.

“The alleged Twitter account was used to intimidate and spoil the modesty of the victim lady by transmission of sexually explicit, objectionable and fabricated video,” it said.

The FIR added that it was established during the course of inquiry that Fayyazuddin was operating that Twitter account.

The FIA booked the accused under sections 21 and 24 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, and Section 509 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Also in the day, the PTI workers staged a protest outside the Peshawar Press Club against the arrest of the suspect.

Former Peshawar district nazim Mohammad Asim Khan and PTI Peshawar city coordinator Irfan Saleem led the protesters, who shouted slogans against the PML-N-led federal government and demanded immediate release of the detainee.

Mr Asim said that Mr Fayyazuddin was an active social media activist of the PTI.

Mr Saleem criticised the arrest and said that the ‘imported’ federal government even lacked the ‘guts to digest criticism’.

He also said that the arrest of the PTI worker was an attack on the freedom of speech, which was guaranteed by the Constitution.

The PTI leader said that all party activists were ready to go to the jail and stage street protests to further ‘their cause’.

“In what capacity, the state is defending Maryam Nawaz, who is a private individual,” he said.

Published in Dawn,May 10th, 2022

 

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The PTI leader said that all party activists were ready to go to the jail and stage street protests to further ‘their cause’.
Why just activists? Why don't their leaders do it, afterall they are instigating it.


He also said that the arrest of the PTI worker was an attack on the freedom of speech, which was guaranteed by the Constitution

Awein!! He should be made to read

FIA booked the accused under sections 21 and 24 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, and Section 509 of the Pakistan Penal Code

Also why were the charges not pressed for propagation against armed forces?
 

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I have seen the video. It is not a Deepfake. It is also not Maryum Nawaz doing the dancing. Just some poor girl who has some similarity to MN in a Mehndi setting mostly likely in the US. The video was incorrectly pushed as being that of Maryum. In no way could this be a crime. The guy in this case just shared what was already out there floating around as a Maryum video, which btw the way it clearly is not. So, net net, the hand of the law has to contort in order to make this case stick. It is not a DeepFake. So this legal action is a poor effort at best, which is also why the fellow was send to Jail remand, and not to police remand. If people are going to get arrested for sharing content they did not create, then God help us. We are setting precedents that make Pakistan's legal system a complete joke.
 

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Is it also written in the constitution that the judge will hear only those who have faith in him?
In this way, the whole nation will be deprived of courts....
 

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