SC summons FIA chief in journalists harassment case.

ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan Monday summoned the Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) with complete record regarding the harassment of journalists.

The apex court also summoned the record from the Islamabad High Court of all cases related to the journalists' harassment pending before it. A three-member SC bench, headed by Ijaz ul Ahsan conducted hearing of the suo motu on the harassment of the journalists. The bench also issued notices to the Inspector General of Police Islamabad, Chairman PEMRA and the Attorney General for Pakistan.

Asad Toor, Qayyum Siddiqui and Amir Mir withdrew their applications. They had filed the applications before Justice Qazi Faez Isa, who had taken suo motu notice. However, a five-member larger bench, headed by Acting Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Qazi Muhammad Ameen and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar on August 26 recalled Justice Qazi Faez's 20th August order to issue notices to the federal and provincial authorities and the law officers.

The larger bench declared that the Chief Justice of Pakistan is the sole authority to take suo motu. The acting chief justice, however, constituted a three-member special...

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