Auto linking

Pak journalist sentenced for linking ‘disrespectful’ statements about Islam to ex-PM Imran Khan

Pakistani police have filed a complaint against a journalist accused of attributing “disrespectful” statements “not based on fact” about Islam to former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The case was registered at RA Bazar police station in Rawalpindi on Saturday against Waqar Satti on a complaint from a cable operator named Chaudhry Nasir Qayyum, Dawn newspaper reported.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), the complainant alleged that Satti, in a tweet against the former prime minister, “disrespected” Islam.

Qayyum said Satti attributed certain statements to Imran that were “not based on facts”.

“Imran Khan did not mention such words […] mentioned in Waqar Satti’s tweet – in none of his speeches,” FIR quoted him as saying. He added that Satti’s actions had hurt his religious feelings, “as well as those of thousands of other Muslims”.

The case against Satti was filed under Sections 295-A (willful and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs) and 500 (sentence for defamation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

As news of Satti’s booking was shared on social media, former minister and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said the case was about “the use of religion for outrage”.

Satti works for Geo News television.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)