ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has issued notices to former Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, former DGISI General Faiz Hameed, and others.
Upon the request to initiate a case against General Bajwa, General Faiz Hameed, and others for allegedly breaching legal constraints and presenting various incidents falsely and fabricated manner post-retirement, Chief Justice Amir Farooq has issued notices to Chief Justice Amir Farooq, General Faiz Hameed, FIA, Journalist Javed Chaudhry, Shahid Maitla, PEMRA, and the Press Association of Pakistan.
In the written order regarding Atif Ali’s petition, a resident of Rawalpindi, the court noted that the petitioner had repeatedly urged the FIA to register the case after filing the petition, and had also requested that PEMRA take action, but no action was taken.
The petitioner’s attorney has demanded that the FIA be instructed to register a case against General Qamar Bajwa, General Faiz Hameed, journalist Javed Chaudhry, and Shahid Maitla.
In the petition, Atif Ali, a resident of Rawalpindi, alleges that General Bajwa and General Faiz, after retirement, crossed both legal and moral boundaries by narrating various incidents inaccurately and falsely, which they argue constitutes a serious offense. They are calling for the FIA to register a case and take strict action.
The petitioner has included articles written about the meeting between journalist and columnist Javed Chaudhry and Shahid Maitla with Retired General Bajwa as part of the application.
They claim that Javed Chaudhry and Shahid Maitla wrote these columns solely for sensationalism, negatively impacting society.
Upon reading these columns, the petitioner expressed shock at how this sensationalism is harming society. The columns, in their opinion, present a negative portrayal of state institutions under the guise of journalism, all for the sake of garnering attention.
The petition asserts that the incidents described in the columns are an effort to sow distrust between the public and state institutions, and they argue that this constitutes criminal behavior masked as freedom of expression. The petitioner calls for the registration of a case and immediate action by the court.