Pakistan TV Station Off-Air in Some Army Areas - The New Indian Express

Pakistan TV Station Off-Air in Some Army Areas

Published: 25th April 2014 10:52 AM

Last Updated: 25th April 2014 02:03 PM

A Pakistani TV station embroiled in a row with the military over the shooting of one of its presenters has been taken off-air in some parts of the country, cable operators said today.

The defence ministry had on Tuesday urged the national media regulator to cancel Geo TV's broadcasting licence after it aired allegations that the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was behind an attempt to kill top anchor Hamid Mir.

Current affairs talk show host Mir is recovering after being shot at least three times in his car in Karachi on Saturday.

After the attack, Geo broadcast comments by Mir's brother Amir Mir, also a journalist, saying the ISI was to blame, triggering an acrimonious response.

Cable operators today said they had blocked transmission of Geo in some residential areas managed by the military.

Pakistan's armed forces run cantonment areas in many cities and towns and have a property arm, the Defence Housing Authority, which provides upmarket housing for serving and retired personnel.

"I have received information that Geo is not being shown in the Defence and cantonment areas of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Kohat, Hasan Abdal and Peshawar," Sheikh Ijaz, the secretary general of Cable Operators Association of Pakistan said.

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