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Pakistan Orders TV Channels to Go off Air During Islamist Protest Crackdown

A policeman leans on his shield in the police staging area and watch demonstrators near the Faizabad junction in Islamabad, Pakistan November 25, 2017. Credit: Reuters

A policeman leans on his shield in the police staging area and watch demonstrators near the Faizabad junction in Islamabad, Pakistan November 25, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities ordered private television channels to go off air on Saturday during a police and paramilitary crackdown on Islamist protesters in the capital.

The suspension was ordered by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for violating media regulations showing live coverage of a security operation, a statement from the regulator said. State-run Pakistan Television continued to broadcast, but aired a talk show discussing politics.

Pakistani police used tear gas and watercannon and fought running battles with stone-throwing Islamist activists, as they moved to clear a protest by the religious hard-liners who have blocked main routes into Islamabad for more than two weeks.