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Pakistani soldiers enter state TV channel besieged by protesters
September 1, 2014 / 7:09 AM / 3 years ago

Pakistani soldiers enter state TV channel besieged by protesters

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.

A policeman fires his weapon as he runs away with others from supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), during the Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in Islamabad September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Television pictures showed uniformed members of a paramilitary force and soldiers walking calmly into the building, with no reports of violence.

A PTV source told Reuters that the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment.

Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina; Editing by Robert Birsel

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