People protest Geo blackout
PAKPATTAN/MULTAN: A meeting of Pakpattan Press Club was held on Saturday during which the participants strongly condemned the blockade of Geo News by local cable operators.
Similarly, the Union of Journalists Pakpattan criticised the cable operators over their move and said they would not allow anyone to shut down the Geo News.
Meanwhile, local traders also demanded the immediate restoration of Geo News transmission. Those who raised their voice against the cable operators included Muhammad Nadeem, Jalil Ahmed, Shiekh Ahmed Ali, Rana Naveed, Muhammad Akmal, Akhtar Javed, Shiekh Zia and Noor Ahmed.
Meanwhile in Multan, SSP Operations Shaukat Abbas ordered deployment of elite commandoes at the Jang, Geo News and The News offices in the cantonment area. During an informal chat with journalists at his office, he assured complete cooperation and provision of foolproof security to the Jang Group.
The SSP Operations also promised deploying security personnel around the Multan Press Club and said the Punjab government had sent a letter instructing the police to ensure security to the journalists at every cost.
Police personnel would also patrol around all the media offices in plainclothes, he added.
Online adds from Karachi: Renowned human right activist and Ansar Burney Trust Chairman Ansar Burney Saturday said that there was no reason to carry out propaganda and protest demonstrations when morning show host Shaista Lodhi and team have been suspended by the organisation. He said that Geo TV has suspended Shaista Lodhi and team of the morning show and there was no reason to hold demonstrations.