Noted Indian magazine's website blocked in Pakistan

Move comes weeks after LHC disposed petition seeking ban on Indian magazine's website

News Desk September 14, 2016

Noted Indian magazine India Today’s website has apparently been blocked in Pakistan.

It was not immediately clear whether the directive was issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).  The PTA, which regularly blocks 'offensive material' on the internet, could not be reached for comment on account of Eid holidays.

“The site you are trying to access contains content that is prohibited for viewership from within Pakistan,” is what one encounters on trying to access the website.

The development follows in the heels of Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah disposing of a petition seeking a directive for the government to block access to the website.

LHC rules against blocking India Today website

Petitioner Abdul Hameed said that the magazine had recently published a derogatory photo of Army chief General Raheel Sharif.

However, the LHC CJ observed that only the parliament was authorised to take a decision in this regard. He said elected representatives of the public should be approached on this account.

Earlier, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) decided to crackdown on illegal satellite dishes and Indian content being aired across Pakistani television channels and cable networks.

“Pemra will take strict action against all those TV channels which have been continually violating the code of conduct,” Chairman Absar Alam said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Islamabad.

“Only  license-holder TV channels can telecast foreign content and Pakistani TV channels can air Indian content with less than six per cent of total airtime, starting October 15, 2016.” Any additional airtime for Indian or foreign content on local TV channels would result in legal action from Pemra, he added.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.


Mahesh Desai | 5 years ago | Reply Ban Indian genes also! @ Faraz
Faraz | 5 years ago | Reply Everything Indian should be banned in Pakistan. Especially Indian movies, Indian satellite cable boxes, and definitely Indian news and analyses websites. Anti-Pakistan propaganda and Pakistan bashing is India's favorite pastime. Our youth is getting brainwashed and has started questioning the existence of our own country and intentions of Pakistan's founding father Qaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. At the same time we also need to look inwards and rectify the socio-religious issues that are deepening within our society. Deteriorating and outdated education system, visionless leadership, lack of motivation and incentives for the Pakistani youth within their own country need to be addressed. Our adversaries will exploit every opportunity we present them with. So we really need to work on multiple fronts.
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