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Kashmir Employee Held in Bengaluru Over Pro-Pakistan Post

A 30-year-old employee of the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Faheem Firdous Qureshi, originally from Kashmir, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly posting pro-Pakistan comments against India on social media platform X (formerly Twitter). The arrest followed a complaint from the BIEC, which included attachments of Qureshi’s “objectionable” posts. In one of the posts, Qureshi reportedly wrote, “When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’ India becomes wendia, meaning we will end India,” along with other inflammatory remarks.

The case has been registered under Sections 505(1)(B) and 153B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deal with causing fear or alarm to the public and assertions prejudicial to national integration, respectively. The police are continuing their investigation. According to reports quoting a senior officer, Qureshi, who has been in Bengaluru for the past 11 months, is currently in police custody.

The arrest of Qureshi has sparked controversy and debate regarding freedom of speech and expression on social media platforms. It has also raised concerns about the misuse of social media to propagate messages that could incite communal disharmony or threaten national security.

This incident highlights the growing importance of monitoring and regulating social media content to prevent the spread of hate speech, misinformation, and other forms of content that could potentially disrupt public order or pose a threat to national unity.

The authorities’ swift action in arresting Qureshi demonstrates their commitment to upholding the law and maintaining social harmony. It also sends a strong message that individuals must exercise caution and responsibility when expressing their views on public platforms, especially when it comes to sensitive issues related to national integrity and security.

It is essential for individuals to recognize the impact of their words and actions on public discourse and national sentiment, and to ensure that their expressions are in line with the principles of unity and respect for the nation’s sovereignty.

As the investigation continues, it is hoped that this case will serve as a reminder for all citizens to use social media responsibly and refrain from disseminating content that could potentially jeopardize the country’s peace and stability.

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