Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested 12 people for running a smear campaign on social media against sensitive institutions and their officials. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has also been asked to suspend 4,000 accounts that were involved in the campaign, according to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the FIA has been provided with a list of 50 individuals who have been engaged in a smear campaign on social media using a number of fictitious profiles.
FIA officials stated that “some accounts are even being operated from abroad,” and that “the FIA will submit the apprehended individuals before a court of law today.”
Three people from Lahore were arrested, as were 12 others from Faisalabad, Gujrat, and Islamabad, according to the authorities, who also stated that Shafqat Maqsood was among those detained and was in charge of 20 social media profiles at the time of his detention.
Furthermore, the FIA has provided with the PTA the details of 4,000 accounts that have been identified as being involved in trend setting on social media and has requested that these accounts be suspended. It was reported that “the cybercrime wing has forwarded the images and other details of the accounts with the PTA for further action.”