PESHAWAR: Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing has arrested an alleged worker of PTI for uploading fake videos and images of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on social media.
According to the FIR, the suspect, Fayyazuddin, son of Ishraq uddin, resident of Tehkal area in Peshawar, has been booked under Section 21, 24 of Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 and 509 of Pakistan Penal Code.
Fayyaz allegedly launched a social media campaign to malign PML-N by uploading Maryam’s fake videos and pictures. The Cyber Crime Wing of the FIA took the suspect into custody for sharing a video clip from his Twitter account.
The FIA presented the suspect in court which remanded him for seven days in prison. The FIA team produced him before Judicial Magistrate Sher Hassan and claimed that the detainee was held for uploading a ‘deepfake video’ of the PML-N leader on social media.
The agency sought two days of 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-day judicial remand.
The FIR registered against the suspect read that the inquiry conducted by the FIA ‘established the accused with malafide intentions and ulterior motives’.
PTI workers staged a protest outside the Peshawar Press Club against the arrest of the suspect. They shouted slogans against the PML-N-led federal government and demanded his immediate release.