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FIA arrests suspect sharing Sania Ashiq’s obscene video on social media

FIA Cyber Crime Wing conducted a raid in Taxila to arrest the suspect. Source: FILE.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a suspect who allegedly shared an obscene video of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Sania Ashiq on social media.

FIA Cyber Crime Wing conducted a raid in Taxila to arrest the suspect on the complaint of the MPA Sania Ashiq. It said that an FIR has been registered against the suspect and a probe was launched against him.

Last month, Sania Ashiq had approached FIA cybercrime wing in Lahore over social media content aimed at harassing her. Ashiq submitted an application stating that unidentified people have launched a defamation campaign against her on social media. Ashiq reached out to the FIA’s National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (NR3C) for allegedly being subjected to a “campaign of harassment, defamation, and blackmail”.

She claimed they have made her videos viral on TikTok besides also posting images on other social media platforms. She further alleged that she had been receiving threatening calls and messages from multiple numbers and has been linked with repulsive posts and remarks on social media.

In her complaint, she said that obscene videos have been shared with my name on social media platforms. Ashiq stated in the post that the series of harassment attempts have now reached the point where a “picture of her father” on his deathbed has been doctored, giving it an illicit context.

“A targeted harassment strategy starting with hundreds of threatening calls, 3rd grade songs on TikTok, repulsive posts on Facebook, random clips associated to me; has now culminated at using picture of my father literally during last hours of his life, moments I can never erase from memory,” read Ashiq’s Twitter post.

Ashiq said she decided to report the accounts and individuals involved in the harassment. According to the complaint’s text, Ashiq has been facing harassment since July 2021 by numerous accounts operating on social media under “original and fictitious names”.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has urged people to “play their role” to “put the blackmailing and harassment” to an end. “Everyone please play your part in this. We need to put an end to this blackmailing and harassment. No victim should now take it lying down,” read Maryam’s post.

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