The Sindh Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department has requested the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take legal action against the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) social media activists and accounts for promoting hate speech.
DIG Omar Shahid Hamid, head of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), wrote a letter to the deputy director of the FIA’s cybercrime circle on Friday.
The letter said, “Hateful material is being promoted by the workers of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik through social media accounts and a list of all such accounts is attached to the post, so legal action should be taken against them.”
DIG Omar Shahid Hamid also attached with it a 9-page post compiled by SHOCTD Raja Tariq Mahmood which contained complete information of all the accounts along with the evidence identified by the CTD.
SHO Raja Tariq said, “The banned TLP workers and their affiliated social media accounts are involved in negative activities against the state and are spreading hateful and sectarian content, which has led to public outcry.
On Friday, the government suspended social media services across the country for four hours. Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said in a video statement that “protests were expected from Tehreek-e-Labbaik after Friday, following a social media campaign and to avoid the expected protests during Friday prayers.”
Sheikh Rashid had earlier said in a statement that “TLP workers are running a well-organized anti-state campaign through social media and WhatsApp.”
It is pertinent to mention here that on Thursday, the Interior Ministry had issued a letter urging all government agencies to identify the elements who are campaigning on social media to spread chaos and provoke the people in the country.
The letter addressed all federal agencies and said that information on individuals involved in anti-state activities should be provided to embassies so that it would not be possible for them to obtain foreign visas.