• Fri. Jan 27th, 2023

Mehwish Hayat moves SHC against YouTuber over defamatory campaign

Television actress Mehwish Hayat. — Instagram/@mehwishhayatofficial
Television actress Mehwish Hayat. — Instagram/@mehwishhayatofficial
  • Mehwish says accusers should be punished. 
  • Says she approached FIA but no action was taken. 
  • Lawyer requests court to remove content related to petitioner. 

KARACHI: After actress Kubra Khan, Mehwish Hayat approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday over a scandalous and defamatory campaign being run against her on social media due to insinuations made by a YouTuber against actresses.

On December 31, YouTuber and retired army officer Adil Farooq Raja, who is based in the United Kingdom currently, levelled serious allegations against some actresses by mentioning their initials — S.A, K.K, M.H and H.K.

Netizens attached the initials to Mehwish, Kubra  and Sajal Aly forcing them to respond to the allegations on social media. 

Kubra had already approached SHC over the matter. Now, Mehwish has also filed a plea against Raja in the same court. 

“Fake allegations were levelled against me on social media,” Mehwish told the court in her petition. 

The petitioner said that those who made fake accusations are “mentally ill”, urging the court that she wants them to be punished. 

Mehwish said that she also approached the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), however, no action is being taken. 

The petitioner’s lawyer Khawaja Naveed requested the court to instantly remove content against the actress on social media. 

Kubra Khan’s plea 

Last week, Kubra filed a petition in the high court against Raja, saying that the YouTuber had made false allegations against four actresses of the media industry 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 counsel for the petitioner submitted that Raja, later on, uploaded another video where he clarified the issue and retracted from his earlier version. However, it had irreparably damaged actresses’ reputations, including the petitioner, during the process on account of the contents uploaded on social media sites and cyberspace, added the counsel.

The counsel submitted that the act of the YouTuber was strictly cognisable under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA). 

The court directed the FIA and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block such channels and handles involved in circulating defamatory campaigns against the actresses and remained vigilant in this regard.

SHC asks Kubra Khan to cooperate with FIA

A day earlier, while taking up Kubra’s petition again, the SHC asked the starlet to cooperate with the inquiry being carried out by the FIA. 

The FIA submitted a report on the campaign against the television actress, stating that the agency had started a probe into the matter.

The agency confirmed that it had forwarded the case to the PTA and provided the alleged YouTube, Instagram and Twitter accounts to the telecommunication authority’s focal person.

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