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Pakistani journalist held over Facebook posts criticising security forces

Zafarullah Achakzai has been detained and charged under cyber crime laws.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

A Pakistani reporter has been detained and charged under cyber crime laws for criticising security forces on social media, officials and his family said Friday (30), the latest sign of a state crackdown on free speech. Zafarullah Achakzai, who works at Urdu daily Qudrat, was picked up from his house Sunday by the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC), the security force deployed in restive Balochistan province. “FC personnel in uniform came in five vehicles and raided my house late Sunday (25) night. They cordoned the streets and asked for my son without mentioning any charge,” Achakzai’s father Naimatullah Achakzai, who is also chief editor of Qudrat, said. “We did…

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