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A local court in Karachi on Saturday dismissed charges of “defamatory remarks against the respected institutions of Pakistan” and “cyber-terrorism” against senior journalist Shahzeb Jillani.

The court declared that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) failed to produce substantial proofs against the journalist.

The judge declared the first information report (FIR) against the journalist non maintainable while categorising the case as “C class”. The case has now been closed due to lack of evidence to support charges against the defendant.

The complainant named Moulvi Iqbal Haider had alleged in the FIR that he was watching Dunya Kamran Khan Kay Sath on December 8, 2017 when Jillani, who was the coordinator of the programme, “articulated defamatory remarks against respected institutions of the country while answering questions posed by the show’s host”.

The petitioner had said that the journalist had made remarks against the “invisible security forces of the country” and had alleged that “the law enforcement agencies were directly involved in kidnapping of the citizens, which leads to cases of ‘missing persons’.”

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