SHC directs PTA, FIA to block scandalous content against actor Kubra Khan

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Kubra Khan FIA

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to block defamatory and scandalous online content on social media sites against actor Rabia Iqbal alias Kubra Khan.

The interim order by the SHC came on a petition filed by the actor against a scandalous and defamatory campaign against her and three other TV stars on social media.

The petitioner submitted that a Youtuber who claimed himself a rights activist and former army officer had made false allegations against four actresses, degrading them and causing an affront to their modesty and dignity by alleging that they were used by agencies to lure politicians into compromising positions at safe houses.

A two-judge bench of the SHC, comprising Justice Salahuddin Panhwar and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan, after a preliminary hearing of the petition, issued notices to the director general of the FIA, chairman of the PTA, and others for January 9.

In the meantime, the court directed the FIA and PTA to block such channels and handles involved in circulating defamatory campaigns against the actresses and remain vigilant in this regard.

‘Protecting my dignity’: Kubra Khan

Taking to Twitter, actor Kubra Khan said that the past four days had been very difficult for her and her family. She said that she had realized that no one was ever going to put a stop to the campaign, adding that she had had enough.

She said that as a Pakistani, she was exercising her “constitutional rights” and “relying on our law” to protect her dignity.