FIA starts action against misuse of social media


ISLAMABAD: Even before the enactment of Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Act 2016,


public bodies have started filing complaints with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against


individuals for alleged misuse of social media to defame the organisation and its management.


The latest complaint has been filed by Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)


Lahore against a former employee for using Facebook for “instigating and misleading the


students to stage strikes against the management of Comsats”.


The complaint was filed by Rashid A Khan, Additional Registrar of CIIT Lahore, against a

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former assistant professor Yasser Majeed Siddiqi for his Facebook posts. According to


documents, the Cyber Crime Circle of FIA has started investigating the case and summoned the


former CIIT employee for questioning. Senior Investigator Rana Obaidullah Minhas is probing


the case.


“A former assistant professor Yasser Majeed Siddiqi, who was removed from service on account


of gross misconduct on 23-01- 2015, is instigating and misleading the students to stage strikes


against the management of Comsats for the past many months,” says the complaint.


It says Yasser Siddiqi has launched a vicious campaign of defaming Comsats on social media


and “his nefarious design is aimed at taking personal revenge against this institution”. It says the


accused has a network of students whom he uses in his malicious designs on the pretext of Dual

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Degree Programme with Lancaster University, UK which is a sub-judicious matter in the Lahore


High Court. The complaints allege that Facebook posts of the accused are damaging the peaceful


environment of the institute.


However, talking to The News, Yasser Siddiqi denied all the allegations, saying his job was


terminated on 23-01- 2015 without mention of any charge and he was awarded three-month


salary in lieu of the notice period. According to clause 6 of the job contract, a person deserves no


notice period if his job is terminated on the charge of gross misconduct.


Siddiqi said he has already filed a writ petition 2902/15 in the Lahore High Court urging the


court to declare the notification illegal and unlawful.


“I am the person who took oath from the students that they would never adopt any violent means

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for fulfilment of their demands. I led them to file a number of writ petitions in Lahore High


Court. Writ Petition no: 3543/15 Mohsin Ilyas vs CIIT etc is the main writ petition,” he said.


Siddiqi said CIIT actually received negative publicity in mainstream media for sacking of its ex-


pro rector over fake PhD degree. He said if there is nothing wrong within the CIIT itself then


how come mere posting on Facebook wall can damage peaceful environment of the campus.


When contacted, an official of the FIA confirmed that investigations are underway on the


complaint of CIIT against its former employee.

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