Following some contentious comments made by PTI leader Shahbaz Gill during a news show, Karachi police have filed a first information report (FIR) against ARY CEO Salman Iqbal and others, it was revealed on Wednesday.
Ammad Yousuf, the CEO of ARY News, was also detained by the police at his home in DHA, according to the news outlet.
Producers Adeel Raja, Yousaf, and anchors Arshad Sharif and Khawar Ghuman have also been named in the case filed on August 8, according to a copy of the FIR posted on the ARY News website.
It was reported under the following laws: Sections 121 (waging war against Pakistan), 506 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statements conducive to public mischief), 153 (wantonly inciting with the intent to cause riot), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 131 (abetting mutiny or attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor, or airman from his duty), 124-A (sedition), 120 (conce
According to the FIR, a segment of an ARY News newscast from August 8 that included Gill making “hateful statements” towards the Pakistan Army went popular on social media.
According to the FIR, Sharif and Ghuman engaged in the scheme as analysts.
It claimed that by airing such opinions on the program, the PTI and ARY News were unmistakably dividing the military forces into those who showed devotion to the party and those who did not.
The complaint added that they were “threaten[ing] government officers against implementing the government’s commands” and that they were “sowing enmity and insurrection in the armed forces.”
The complainant stated that “this is a planned, organized scheme that is being utilized to incite animosity between the armed forces and government agencies in Sindh and other provinces.”
According to the FIR, it was obvious that those who took part in the program “performed the conspiracy in conjunction with the producer, director, and CEO.”