Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Senate Standing Committee on Interior in its meeting has expressed a sense of deep sorrow on the death of PTI Candidate Ikramullah Gandapur and PPP worker Yasir Kalhoro and has prayed for them to be blessed with highest ranks in Jannah while asking the ministry of Interior to submit a report to the Committee about the attacks on both. The meeting was held with Senator Abdur Rehman Malik in the chair and was attended among others by Senators Mian Ateeq Sheikh, Talha Mehmood, Kalsoom Parveen and officials from ministry of Interior and FIA.
Chairman Committee observed that it was a collective wish of every Pakistani that the election process and the environment across the country during this time stays peaceful but unfortunately anti-state agents are active again and a big number of precious lives were lost.
Taking serious notice of social media being used for propaganda against individuals and against collective issues the Committee held a detailed briefing by Director Cyber Crimes FIA on spreading of objectionable and defaming content on social media. The Committee collectively agreed that social media is the need of the era and the Committee is not in favour of baseless limitations on its use but the use has to be regulated in such a manner that it doesn’t hurt others through misuse and doesn’t do harm to anyone’s respect in the society. The Committee also stressed that those who are spreading propaganda against the state and are using the platform to harm their opponents should be taken to task.
Senator Talha Mehmood asked FIA officials as to what action is taken and under what laws against those who misuse the social media platforms. The Committee was told that under the 2016 act a case is lodged and challan is to be submitted in court and the person found guilty can be punished for a time period of 3-7 years. A total of 550 FIRs have been lodged during the last two years. The Committee also took notice of false accusations against Senator Talha Mehmood on social media by some individual and asked FIA to probe into the matter.