Lawyers, religious groups, academia protest against Geo
LAHORE: The legal fraternity, religious groups, academia and various sections of society continued their protest on Saturday against airing of controversial content on Geo channel.
Lawyers in Faisalabad, Multan and Chakwal observed a strike on Saturday, Punjab Bar Council (PBC) announced boycott of courts on Monday, while Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) condemned the controversial morning show. The PBC called for exemplary punishment for Geo owner, programme host Shaista Lodhi, and participants Veena Malik and her spouse.
The PBC also barred Geo reporters and camerapersons from entry the courts.
The PUASA, in a press release, condemned controversial content in Geo morning show and demanded the channel administration take action against those responsible.
Dozens of activists of Tehreek-e-Naujwanan-e-Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool and members of civil society staged protests demonstration against Jang/Geo.
MULTAN: Lawyers observed strike against Geo television and demanded of the government to suspend transmission and cancel licence of the channel. The District Bar Executive Committee banned the entry of Geo, Jang and The News reporters in the bar.
FAISALABAD: District Bar Association demanded immediately suspension of channel licence.
CHAKWAL: Lawyers of district Chakwal observed complete strike on Saturday against Geo. Judicial works remained suspended at Chakwal, Talagang and Choa Saiden Shah courts and no lawyers appeared before any court.
KOHAT: The activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Kohat chapter threatened the local correspondent of the Geo Television of dire consequences. “We will torch the house of Syed Yasir Shah if he reported any story against the party,” PTI office-bearer Sanam Gul and others told a protest gathering at the Katchery Chowk in Kohat city.
The PTI had called the protest to condemn the Geo TV channel for hurting the sentiments of Muslims through its morning show.
The PTI leader Sanam Gul demanded ban on the Geo TV and asked Yasir Shah to stop working for the Jang media group.
Meanwhile, the local journalists at a meeting condemned the threats hurled by the PTI activists against the Geo TV and daily ‘The News’ correspondent Yasir Shah and asked the district administration to provide him security. A meeting of the members and office-bearers of the Kohat Press Club (KPC) was held with its President Fazal Mehmood in the chair.
The journalists through a unanimous resolution condemned the threats to their senior colleague Yasir Shah and demanded the local administration to take action against the PTI office-bearers and provide security to the journalists.