Bilal Farooqi, Karachi journalist picked up by plain clothes men from home

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Bilal Farooqi, Karachi journalist picked up by plain clothes men from home

*Bilal Farooqi, a Karachi-based journalist associated with the Express Media Group, was picked up from his house in DHA by two men in plain clothes and a policeman, his wife told SAMAA Digital Friday.*

According to his wife, the same people returned to Farooqui’s home after an hour and asked for his mobile phone. She added that Bilal had left his phone at home when they first came to take him.

The wife was informed that Farooqi has been taken to the Defence police station. “I was afraid so they dialled a phone number and made me talk to Bilal for a minute,” she said.

A source confirmed that Bilal was in police custody but didn’t disclose the details, saying it was a “sensitive” matter.

South Senior Superintendent of Police Shiraz Nazir confirmed to *SAMAA Digital*that Farooqi has been arrested. An FIR has been registered too under Section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code and sections 11 (hate speech) and 20 (harming the reputation or privacy of a natural person) of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016.