The United States has said it would be “a mistake” by the
civilian government of Pakistan to follow in the footsteps of the
previous Musharraf regime in trying to restrict the press freedom in
the country.
“We certainly think it would be a mistake for the Pakistani civilian
government to follow the press intimidation that was present during
its predecessor,” State Department spokesman P J Crowley said when
asked about the recent developments in Pakistan in this regard.
Two private TV stations — Geo News and ARY News were shut down in
parts of Sindh & Punjab province, including Karachi and Lahore after
the news channels’ reports angered supporters of President Asif
Zardari.

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Crowley, however, was quick to take at the Pakistani press, a section
of which has been consistently raising anti- US passion inside
Pakistan as was reflected during the Kerry- Lugar Bill, which promises
it USD 7.5 billion spread over a period of five years.
“We ourselves, who have been to Pakistan, have witnessed and
interacted with the most vibrant media that exist anywhere in the
world.
The Pakistani press is very aggressive. We recognize that the dynamism
that we do see in Pakistani society, that a vibrant and free press
contributes significantly to that,” he said.