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Pakistan ministry demands television station shutdown in shooting row

Published on Apr 23, 2014 3:27 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's defence ministry has asked for the country's top-rating television channel to be shut down after it broadcast allegations blaming an intelligence agency for shooting a leading journalist, officials said Wednesday.

The ministry wrote to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) late on Tuesday asking it to cancel the broadcasting licence of Geo television and take legal action against its staff.

The move comes after Geo aired claims that Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was behind the shooting of top anchor Hamid Mir in Karachi on Saturday.

Mr Mir, who hosts a primetime current affairs chat show on Geo and is probably Pakistan's best-known journalist, is currently recovering after being shot at least three times in his car. After the attack Geo aired comments by Mr Mir's brother Amir Mir, also a journalist, saying the ISI was to blame.

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