Political activist, six others arrested for running smear campaign against Pakistan Army

07:17 PM | 12 Apr, 2022
Political activist, six others arrested for running smear campaign against Pakistan Army
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ISLAMABAD – At least seven people, including political activist Maqsood Arif, have been detained for allegedly running an online smear campaign against Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

According to reports in the local media, those detained have been accused of running trends on social media against the armed forces after Imran Khan’s ouster from power.

Authorities started a crackdown in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar on the direction of newly-elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Maqsood Arif, the alleged mastermind of the smear campaign, reportedly managed more than 2,000 social media handles.

During the investigation, the prime suspect named other members of his network and they were arrested in different parts of the country.

FIA officials say at least 50,000 web pages involved in propaganda campaigns against the armed forces and the judiciary have been identified. Some of the pages were managed from other countries.

Former ruling party leaders have distanced themselves from groups involved in malicious campaigns against the state institutions.

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Pakistan Army officials too have raised serious concerns about the online smear campaign against the forces that started after Imran Khan was ousted from prime minister's office through a no-confidence motion.