Pakistan: Zafar Achakzai charged for anti-army post

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A Pakistani journalist arrested last week at his home in the southwestern city of Quetta has been charged with allegedly posting illegal material on Facebook, rights groups and his family said.

Armed men, some in paramilitary uniform and others in plainclothes, broke down the door to Zafar Achakzai's home on June 25 and arrested him, Achakzai's father told Al Jazeera. He was handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency on Thursday and charged under the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), said Naimat Achakzai. Provincial government officials did not respond to Al Jazeera's requests for comment on the case.

The detention is the latest in a series of arrests targeting journalists and social media activists for criticising the country's powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for roughly half of its 69 years since independence.

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