On Saturday, the Pakistani authorities ordered private television to go off air during a police and paramilitary crackdown on Islamist protesters in the capital. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ordered suspension for violating media regulations displaying live coverage of a security operation, the statement said by the regulator.
The police of Pakistan also used tear gas and water cannon and fought running conflicts with stone-throwing Islamist activists, as they worked to clear a protest by the religious hardliners who have blocked main routes into Islamabad for more than two weeks. The protests have also arrived in many main cities like Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. The protestors have impacted daily life badly in the capital and have confronted court orders to split up, asking the firing of the minister of law. The Tehreek-e-Labaik blames the minister Zahid Hamid for changes to a democratic oath that it says amounts to desecration.
As per the media reports in Pakistan, some prominent channels, including Geo TV went off the air in Islamabad and elsewhere. Under Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015, the order was passed that stops any live coverage of security operation. The Pakistan’s senior journalist Hamid Mir has highly criticized the step and compared it to the ban enforced by former President Pervez Musharraf in 2007. Mir also asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the ban.