A magistrate’s court on Friday rejected a request to register an FIR against the late Pakistani MP Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the ex-wife of TV host Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain, Dania Malik, for allegedly sharing his private videos on social media.
Shabbir Shafqat, who heads a civil rights organization, had filed a motion under Section 22-A of the CrPC, asking the court to issue directions for the FIA to file a lawsuit against Malik under the laws on cybercrime. Additional Sessions Judge-III (South) Aslam Hussain Khowaja delivered his verdict after hearing arguments from both sides.
Lawyer Aamir Jamil Virk, the plaintiff’s attorney, argued that Malik had shared indecent videos of her husband on social media, which sullied the sacred relationship between husband and wife. “Such an act by Dania Malik falls under the Cyber Crime Act, so legal action must be taken against her,” he argued, adding that the claimant had previously approached the Cyber FIA. Crime Wing for action against women. but in vain.
FIA Deputy Director Legal Aijaz Ali Kalwar argued the request was inadmissible as the late lawmaker’s daughter had already lodged a complaint with the agency and an investigation was ongoing. He asked the court to dismiss the claim. “From reading the file, it appears that during the lifetime of the deceased Aamir Liaquat Hussain, his wife Dania Malik made viral the photos/videos which were morally reprehensible”, declared the judge. He felt that since the MP’s daughter had already filed a complaint with the FIA Cyber Crime Wing and a four-member team was investigating the matter, the instant request on the same matter was not not maintainable. The judge therefore dismissed the argument.
Hussain and Dania were married in February this year. However, their marriage did not remain pleasant for long as the latter asked for Khula in May. The lawmaker died at his Karachi residence under mysterious circumstances on June 9.