Hamza Ali Abbasi and Mark Zuckerberg.
Hamza Ali Abbasi and Mark Zuckerberg.

Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Facebook account banned for three days over Kashmir post

Dawn.com : Hamza Ali Abbasi is known for his robust outbursts on social media, but it looks like Facebook is not having any of it.

The Pakistani actor’s Facebook account has now been banned for three days following his post on Burhani Wani, a deceased separatist commander killed by Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmir.

The actor tweeted, “Banned again for 3 days. Now FB will tell us who is and isn’t a terrorist.”

Hamza Ali Abbasi is known for his robust outbursts on social media, but it looks like Facebook is not having any of it.

The Pakistani actor’s Facebook account has now been banned for three days following his post on Burhani Wani, a deceased separatist commander killed by Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmir.

The actor tweeted, “Banned again for 3 days. Now FB will tell us who is and isn’t a terrorist.”

Earlier his account was suspended by Facebook for touching upon the sensitive topic of the Kashmir seige. “It’s absurd how the flag bearers of “Freedom of Speech” act in this way for raising a voice for victims of aggression,” said Abbasi while speaking to Dawn.com.

However, his account was later restored after the post had been removed but it seems like Facebook is keeping a close check on his doings on the social media platform.

Abbasi’s praise for Wani comes at a time when the disputed valley of Kashmir is rocked by violent protests and a severe crackdown is underway by Indian forces against the media and its Muslim-majority population.

Pakistan had also condemned what it termed the ‘extra-judicial’ killing of Hizbul Mujahideen separatist commander Burhan Wani by government forces in IHK.

Wani, from the new generation of separatists in IHK, and had used social media as an effective platform to further the cause he was fighting for. He had become a rallying point for the youth in IHK, and following his death, the valley has been rocked by daily protests and curfew, a situation which has led to hundreds of injuries and tens of dead.

Abbasi is no stranger to controversy and is vocal on social media regarding politics and social issues. In his previous run in with Facebook, his Facebook status was removed following the Charlie Hebdo attack.

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