Geo News is facing scrutiny in Pakistan after it broadcast comments accusing the country۪s main spy agency of involvement in a gun attack on the host of one its talk shows.
Bloomberg reports that Pakistan۪s Defense Ministry is seeking to cancel Geo News’ license over the controversy. The report adds that a complaint has been lodged by the ministry with the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory (PEMRA) asking it to take Geo News off air.
The ministry is said to be angered with allegations that officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, ISI, were behind the 19th April attack on Hamid Mir. She asked to be not be identified citing departmental policy.
Geo Network has 14 days to respond to the government complaint. If it fails to, PEMRA may impose a fine, suspend or revoke the channel’s licence.
PEMRA directed Geo late yesterday to respond to the government complaint within 14 days, failing which the regulator may impose a fine, suspend or revoke the broadcaster۪s license, according to a spokesman.
Kamran Khan, Geo Network۪s senior analyst told Bloomberg, Geo will cooperate with any action or initiative that falls within the legal and constitutional parameters. We will show our cooperation and present our viewpoint.”