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Pakistan's powerful army asks government to shut down leading TV channel over 'false' reports


ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani official says the army has sought to shut down the country's leading Geo News TV channel.

The official, Fakhruddin Mughal, says a legal team of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority is meeting on Wednesday to examine the army's request.

Mughal says that Pakistan's defense ministry filed a complaint against the TV.

A copy of the complaint was posted on the website of the Committee to Protect Journalists. It says the army wants the station closed because it allegedly carried on a "false and scandalous campaign" against Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, or the ISI.

The TV has run accusations against the spy agency, blaming it for an "assassination attempt" against the station's popular talk show host, Hamid Mir, who was shot and wounded last week.

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