LAHORE: Television actor Humza Ali Abbasi receives a warning notice from the Government of Punjab for spreading unverified reports and rumours on social media about the children kidnapping.

The television actor on Wednesday posted on his official Facebook account that 900 children in Punjab had gone missing, a claim that the Supreme Court and top police officials have refuted as being based on rumours. The Facebook post has now been removed.

“I had tweeted about kidnappings of 900 children on the internet over which I have been issued the notice,” he said.

The Prosecution department of the Punjab government has sent warning letter to actor Hamza Ali Abbasi alleging that his August 3, 2016 Facebook page is misleading.

Additional Secretary Prosecution Mahmood Hassan states that the official record shows the number of children went missing over the last three months (May, June and July) is less than one third compared to Hamza Abbasi’s allegation on Facebook.

Humza Abbasi said, “The Sharif family monarchy has passed the cyber crime bill to prosecute those who criticize them. They have sent me a prosecution letter saying I did not write the truth and that the Punjab police statistics show a different picture. They say I have written them without any verification.”

Abbasi said he had quoted statistics from reports of a reputable newspaper which claimed that more than 650 children had been kidnapped. He claimed to have reached the 900 figure by adding information from various social media sites.

Moreover, Hamza refused to apologize for misleading his 3600,000 fans on Facebook. Instead he complained of being treated unfairly.

“I think this is very unfair. They have sent me the first letter of the cyber crime bill only because I’m such a consistent critic of the government,” he said

“They have asked me to apologize for the social media posts which I will not,” he said.