Journalist Asad Ali Toor was released from Adiala Jail


Islamabad: 16 March 2024: Journalist Asad Ali Toor was released from Adiala Jail on Saturday following approval of his bail by an Islamabad trial court in a case related to an online campaign against the judiciary. In January, a caretaker government had formed a joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate an alleged social media campaign against the judiciary after the Supreme Court's decision to strip the PTI party of its bat symbol.

This investigation led to Toor being questioned by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials for nearly eight hours on February 23, despite earlier assurances to the Supreme Court that no action would be taken against journalists before the general elections. Toor was subsequently arrested on February 26 and faced charges under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act for allegedly launching a malicious campaign against state institutions. He was remanded into custody and later sent to jail.

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