Pakistani television host in defamation case freed

Lahore: A Pakistani television host accused of making defamatory remarks against the government, judiciary and intelligence agencies has been freed on bail.

Rizwan Razi, who hosts a talk shown on Din News, was arrested on Saturday from his residence in Lahore by the cyber crime wing of the Federal Investiga-tion Agency (FIA).

The FIA sought extension of Razi’s remand but the court rejected it and granted bail against a surety bond of PakRs 1 lakh.

He said the magistrate said the suspect should avoid discussing armed forces and judiciary in his programmes and “it is a test for him, and his shows and posts on social media will be monitored.” Razi's counsel argued that the arrest was against the freedom of expression.and that he did not commit any crime as he was arrested without any complaint.

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