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Govt was forced to impose media restrictions during Faizabad operation: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said that the ruling party was forced to impose a restriction on the media during the operation against protesters of a religious party.
“No one is a bigger champion of freedom of expression than Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N),” Iqbal said. “The unfortunate step of blocking channels was according to PEMRA’s code of conduct which forbids live coverage of security operations.”
Responding to a question, Iqbal said that the government had also called a meeting with the Pakistan Broadcasting Association the very next day [after media restrictions were imposed], but due to traffic blockages in Karachi, most members could not attend the session.