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Pakistan blocks Geo TV over airing Zardari 'shoe attack'

Zadari's PPP have attempted a coverup of shoe-throwing incident during an address in Birmingham on S

Pakistan has blocked transmission of TV channel Geo News after it reported a "shoe attack" on President Asif Ali Zardari during a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) address in Birmingham on 8 August.

A protestor hurled his shoe at the president, who refused to cancel his visit to Britain despite devastating floods in Pakistan which claimed over 1,500 lives and rendered thousands homeless.

The government is also reported to have banned another private news channel for airing the same story.

Activists of the ruling PPP set ablaze the offices of many cable operators in Karachi for transmitting Geo News and warned them against continuation of the channel's services.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has urged Pakistan's government to immediately restore broadcasts of Geo News and the other private TV channel.

The Karachi Union of Journalists, an affiliate of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), is leading a rally protesting against the ban. Geo News staff and their supporters are also likely to protest against the attacks.