Tuesday Dec 10, 2019
TV anchor Fatima Sohail, who earlier this year had accused her husband, actor Mohsin Abbas Haider, of violent domestic abuse, recently became the target of a viral smear campaign when some people shared an explicit video on social media, claiming the woman shown in it was Sohail.
The video prompted the anchor to approach the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), with a request to remove the video. The agency then probed the clip and issued a statement earlier today, confirming that "on 4th of Dec, 2019, a sexually explicit content (video) impersonating to be Ms. Fatima Sohail was found circulating on social media including Twitter, Youtube and Whatsapp."
The agency further noted that the video had seriously harmed the repute of the complainant, who, it acknowledged, was "a known TV anchor and media personality" and "a noble and responsible citizen."
The FIA, therefore, has requested the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to remove the "unlawful online content".
Meanwhile, Sohail wrote on her Instagram stories feature that the FIA's forensic report confirmed "this is some other lady".
"We are now investigating and soon will share who falsely circulated this video and purposely tried to deteriorate my reputation," she said.
Back in July 2019, she had alleged that Mohsin Abbas Haider, her husband, physically abused her and was having an extra-marital affair. In a post on Facebook, Sohail wrote: "I am Fatima. Wife of Mohsin Abbas Haider & here is my story."
Adding pictures of her bruised face and a first information report (FIR) she has registered against her husband, she had said: "On 26th Nov 2018, I caught my husband cheating. When I confronted him, instead of being embarrassed he started Beating me. I was pregnant at that time!
"He pulled me from hair, dragged me on floor, kicked me several times, punched me on face & threw me on the wall. I was brutally beaten by my husband," she had alleged.