Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan who recently defected from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to join Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) has received mixed reactions where many people in her former party have strongly criticized her. Amid her political move, she has recently been a target of cybercrime.
Former Minister of Information and Broadcasting has filed a complaint claiming that she is being blackmailed on the popular social networking site, Facebook.
Allegedly Facebook page with the username Ahsan Zahid Ch. is defaming Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan by uploading her personal pictures and fake content. Dr. Awan claims that the page is being run under a fake ID.
FIR has been lodged by Federal Investigation Committee (FIA) who handles all cybercrime cases and the matter has now been taken to the court.
This week, the court issued an order asking Facebook’s management to provide the relevant details regarding the activities of the user ID who is the object of the investigation.
Social media has become a prime channel to abuse the political figures or the people supporting a certain party where often people cross a line and move towards bullying and harassment.
The motive behind the alleged blackmail seems to be political but we have to wait for the authorities to wrap up their investigation to see the complete picture.
Earlier this year, Imran Khan also warned the government from using cybercrime law against its political opponents. The federal government threatened to prosecute PTI for running a vilification campaign against PM Nawaz Sharif and his family on social media.