Anti-gov't protesters attack Pakistani TV channel

Protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for alleged electoral fraud in last year's general elections.

Anti-gov't protesters attack Pakistani TV channel

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistan's anti-government protesters attacked the country's largest private TV channel in the country’s capital, Islamabad, because of what they consider to be unfavorable coverage of their movement.

Around 100 protesters supporting former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI), and firebrand controversial preacher Tahir ul Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) pelted the Geo TV building located in a busy street of the capital with stones, late Sunday night. They also smashed vehicles, which were parked nearby.

Ansar Naqv, a Geo TV employee, told Anadolu Agency that this was the second attack on the channel in the last two weeks.

Last week, protesters manhandled at least five of the channel's reporters, including a woman who was covering the demonstrators’ sit-ins outside the country's parliament.

Both Khan's and Qadri's followers blame Geo Tv for negative coverage of their joint movement.

Last week, they had also attacked and occupied a state-owned Pakistani television channel building for two hours.

Khan and Qadri, who led separate marches on August 14, and the next day teamed up in the capital, demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for alleged electoral fraud in last year's general elections.

Three protesters have been killed while 500 others have been injured, including 100 policemen in clashes between protesters and government forces.

Last Mod: 08 Eylül 2014, 10:20
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