JournalismPakistan.com February 24, 2014
ISLAMABAD: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) has arrested a producer working with a private television channel in Islamabad allegedly for extorting money by using the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan's name.
The News reported Monday that Faheem Khan was taken into custody following a complaint filed by Shahid Hamid, a businessman.
The paper quoted Hamid as saying an unidentified caller introducing himself as a TTP leader demanded Rs10m from him. He said he was threatened he would be killed or kidnapped if he did not comply.
The Margalla Police where the First Information Report (FIR) was lodged arrested Faheem by tracing his phone calls. He confessed to his crime and said he had successfully extorted money from two Islamabad businessmen previously, using TTP's name.
The paper did not name the television channel the arrested man works for.
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