Pakistan blocks TV channels for covering attack on army HQ


October 10th, 2009

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani government Saturday blocked the transmissions of four private news channels as they were covering a stand-off at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi where six soldiers died and two militants were believed to be holding a number of officers hostage.

Geo, SAMAA, Express News and ARY News were taken off the air, officials of the television networks said.

“We have no idea why our transmissions are blocked. We were only airing live what was going on at the scene,” said the news controller for Geo television Ansar Naqvi over telephone from its head office in Karachi.

An official from SAMAA television, who identified himself as Ammar, said the transmissions were mainly suspended in the main cities like Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

“We have been informed that the transmissions would soon be restored,” he added.

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