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Pakistan's Geo Network Suspended, Still on Air

Policeman walks past graffiti directed at local media house Geo TV, Karachi, May 20, 2014.
Policeman walks past graffiti directed at local media house Geo TV, Karachi, May 20, 2014.
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A private Pakistan television network accused by the country's Defense Ministry of broadcasting "false" and "scandalous" reports has been suspended.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, or PEMRA, announced Tuesday that it has suspended three of Geo Television's channels — Geo News, Geo Tez and Geo Entertainment. A final decision on permanently canceling Geo's licenses is set to be made during a PEMRA meeting on May 28.

The network was given until midnight Pakistan time (19:00 UTC) to take its transmission off the air. Geo had not said whether it would comply with the decision.

The move comes nearly a month after the Defense Ministry called on PEMRA to cancel the network's license, accusing GEO's parent company (Independent Media Corporation) of launching a "vicious campaign" that includes linking the country's intelligence agency with "terrorist outfits and activities."

Geo has aired reports accusing the agency, the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence — or ISI — of being behind an assassination attempt on Geo anchor Hamid Mir.

Mir was shot and wounded by assailants on motorcycles April 19 while he traveled by car in Karachi. No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting. It was not the first attempt against the journalist. Last year a bomb was found attached to Mir's car.

Earlier on Tuesday, PEMRA official Israr Abbasi told reporters that the regulatory authority has the right to seal off Geo's main office.

PEMRA consists of private members and government representatives, but no government official was at Tuesday's meeting.

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by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
May 21, 2014 6:27 AM
Truth is very difficult to digist. What is the role of ISI in Pakistan politics,every body knows very well. They are the main sponsor of Taliban with the help of Saudi Arabia and UAE. Today they are sponsoring so many religious parties.ISI is using Poor Pakistani tax money to sponsor terrorist group. Last THIRTY FIVE YEARS in the history of Pakistan full of Human Blood but no killer capture and punish by law enforcing agency. I am not in favour of jeo band. Every body has right to speak truth. In Pakistan nobody has any power to critcise arm forces and its subsidiaries.

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by: Shahji from: USA
May 25, 2014 2:04 AM
Every nations spy agency does the same thing, the only difference is the hindu, christian and jewish conspiracy to malign Pakistans agency is just a tempest in a teacup with Hamid Mir the traitor providing support.

what, RAW, MOSSAD, CIA and MI9 dont watch out for their own nations interests? grow up.

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