FIA briefs Senate body about social media propaganda

Islamabad

The members of Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior were briefed by the Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday about the social media posts aimed at vilifying politicians.
FIA Chief, Bashir Memon informed the Committee headed by former Interior Minister Rehman Malik that it has no agreement with the Facebook that can help it obtain data from the company or ensure cooperation with the social media giant. He said the agency contacts the Facebook in the light of orders passed by courts.The FIA chief told the Senate panel that many politicians including Shehla Raza, Sadiq Imrani, Mian Tariq, Talha Mahmood, Pir Sadruddin Rashidi, Farheen Mughal, Ayesha Gulalai had approached the agency to lodge complaints against propaganda posts being spread against them.
He said the FIA has also launched an inquiry into a fake false social media post that recently went viral about an election candidate having election symbol of ‘grave’.
Earlier, Secretary Election Commission Babar Yaqoob while giving briefing to the Senate’s Standing Committee said the Election Commission is responsible for holding free and fair elections and all the other institutions are assisting it.The Secretary Election Commission informed the meeting that there will be 85,307 polling stations across the country, and all of them will be available on Google Map.
He said over twenty thousand polling stations have been declared sensitive, and CCTV cameras will be installed inside and outside of all the sensitive polling stations.
The Secretary Election Commission said 450,000 police and 300,000 army troops will be deployed no the polling day. —INP

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