No evidence found against bloggers accused of blasphemy, FIA tells IHC

05:07 PM | 22 Dec, 2017
No evidence found against bloggers accused of blasphemy, FIA tells IHC
ISLAMABAD - The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday that no evidence was found against the five bloggers accused of publishing blasphemous content online.

The disclosure was made during the hearing of the case related to online blasphemous content before Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who remarked that no action should be taken against the accused if no evidence could be found against them.

"If a person falsely accuses someone of blasphemy, he or she is guilty on double accounts," remarked Justice Siddiqui.

The IHC judge pronounced that the bench will decide whether the evidence against the accused was insufficient or if they were falsely accused of blasphemy.

He maintained that committing blasphemy fell in the ambit of terrorism.

On the occasion, FIA officials complained that there were only 15 investigation officers whereas the agency had received 12,000 complaints of cybercrime.

"Despite these limitations, the agency is carrying out its work,"the FIA officials informed.

Earlier, in March, the IHC bench had directed the FIA to investigate the role of the five bloggers - Salman Haider, Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed, Ahmed Raza Naseer and Samar Abbas - in posting blasphemous content on the social media.

The said bloggers were picked up on allegations of blasphemy in January but were released after three weeks.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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