Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

September 1st, 2014  
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Topic: Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Clashes broke out early on Monday and the state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters in Islamabad. "PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up." A PTV source told Reuters the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment.


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