Pakistan journalist Asad Toor held on 14-day judicial remand in connection to online campaign targeting judiciary


An Islamabad district and sessions court has sent journalist Asad Ali Toor to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in a case related to an online campaign against the judiciary. Earlier this year, a joint investigation team was formed to investigate a social media campaign against the judiciary following a Supreme Court decision regarding the PTI’s ‘bat’ symbol. Toor was interrogated by the Federal Investigation Agency for nearly eight hours and later arrested and remanded to FIA custody for five days. He was booked under Sections 9, 10, and 24 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act for glorifying an offense, cyber terrorism, and cyberstalking. Toor was accused of launching a malicious campaign against government officials and state institutions. The court extended his remand for two days before sending him to Adiala Jail for a 14-day judicial remand. A plea for dismissal from the case was disposed of by another court, with Toor’s lawyer arguing for his client’s discharge from the case. The judge reserved the verdict in the case after hearing arguments from both sides.


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