The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s cybercrime wing has detained journalist Mohsin Baig in an early morning raid at his home in Islamabad, following his guest appearance on a news-show in which he had mocked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Minister of Communication Murad Saeed.
Baig’s son confirmed the arrest. According to some reports, Baig’s son was injured during the raid and faces possible arrest for resisting against the federal agency, with others have claimed that shots were fired.
On February 10, Baig appeared on Channel NewsOne’s show G for Gharidah, hosted by Gharidah Faruqi, to comment on the prime minister’s acknowledgement of Murad’s performance with the Ministry of Communication, which received the top certificate as the best performing federal ministry in the country.
On the show that night, Baig had insinuated that the ‘real reason’ Saeed ranked in first place was “written in Reham Khan’s book.” Other guests on the show jumped in to agree with him.
After it was published in 2018, ex-wife to the prime minister Reham Khan’s memoir was condemned by members of the government as patently false, with members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filing a defamation case against Reham Khan for ‘defamatory and malicious falsehoods’ perpetuated in the book.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show-cause notice to private TV channel News One for airing the ‘derogatory/demeaning’ remarks made about the minister. The matter remains ongoing.