Protest demos against ban on Geo Super -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Protest demos against ban on Geo Super

TAXILA/BATTAGRAM/HARIPUR: Peaceful demonstrations were held in Taxila, Battagram and Haripur on Saturday to protest the closure of Geo Super.

A big peaceful protest rally was held on GT Road near Chowk Sarai Kala, Taxila, which was participated by representatives of Pakistan Press Forum and other political and social organisations of the city. The speakers said that the rulers were busy in pleasure activities while the youths of the country were deprived from healthy sports by banning Geo Super.

The speakers appealed to the chief justice to help provide sports enjoyment to the youths by restoring Geo Super.

Attique Kashmiri, President of the Shabab-e-Milli Taxila said Jamaat-e-Islami would support the Pakistan Press Forum for the protection of journalists and would stage sit-in in other cities of the country like Taxila.

Sufi Munir, district leader of the MQM, warned rulers to abstain from targeting the sports channel and restore Geo Super forthwith. He said the MQM would hold protest demonstrations throughout the country against the banning of Geo Super.

Press Club Battagram also organised a demonstration against the closure of Geo Super in central bazaar, which was attended by a large number of people belonging to different walks of life.

The demonstration was led by office-bearers of the press club including Abdur Rehman Khan, Bilal Yousafzai, Khalid Khan, Nisar Mujahid, Qari Naseem and others. The protesters criticised the government in strong words and termed the ban on Geo Super as gundaism urging to restore transmission of Geo Super immediately.

Meanwhile, Malik Iqbal Chauhan, Amir, Jamaat-e-Islami, Haripur district, in a press statement said the ban on Geo Super and killing of Saleem Shahzad was tantamount to ban on freedom of press. Chuahan said Geo Super is popular sports channel of all classes of the society, which provides inexpensive and standard enjoyment to the people at their homes. Therefore, the government should restore transmission of Geo Super forthwith.
Source: The News
Date:6/5/2011