PEMRA puts blanket ban on airing of Indian content in Pakistan

Published: October 19, 2016

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) imposed on Wednesday a complete ban on airing of Indian content in the country.

In a meeting headed by chairman Absar Alam in Islamabad, Pemra directed all satellite television channels, as well as radio stations to follow the code of conduct or face repercussions.

“The ban will come into effect at 3pm on October 21. Licences of TV channels and radio stations that go against the ban will be cancelled without any show-cause notice,” said the statement issued by the media watchdog.

PEMRA to suspend channels airing Indian content

Earlier, in a tit-for-tat move, Pemra chairman Absar Alam had called for a halt in airing Indian content on Pakistani TV channels.

In this connection, he said a summary had been sent to the federal government in which it was clearly recommended that transmission of Indian channels and content should be subject to permission of airing Pakistani content by India.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • curious2
    Oct 19, 2016 - 8:47PM

    Petty action which demonstrates why Pakistan is ranked in the “bottom 10” Internationally when it comes to freedom of speech – rather pathetic considering Pakistan is suppose to be a Democratic nation. Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Oct 19, 2016 - 8:58PM

    Ban Indian songs, medicines and Indian surgeries.Recommend

  • London Banker
    Oct 19, 2016 - 9:08PM

    Excellent decision. Those few stakeholders who were making money from this should remember that the vast majority of people have no desire to see this content. Anyone who wants to, can go and pay separately at a cinema and watch such low quality content.Recommend

  • jsm
    Oct 19, 2016 - 9:26PM

    @London Banker:
    Indian content should not ne shown in Cinemas also.Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Oct 19, 2016 - 9:59PM

    And we thought absar alam was a progressive gentleman. Recommend

  • Praful R Shah
    Oct 19, 2016 - 10:29PM

    There was power failure in New York the result was explosion child birth nine months later. With Indian TV and radio ban, what will people do? Population explosion more mouth feed. It is cheaper to watch Indian TV,Recommend

  • hassan
    Oct 20, 2016 - 1:05AM

    Very wise decision by PEMRA. Cheap bollywood movie dialogs have spoiled our language too. Late but good decision by authority.Recommend

  • Real Pakistan
    Oct 20, 2016 - 2:10AM

    Thank you PEMRA. Pakistan should support it’s own artists instead of India. There are 219 countries in the world. India should be the last country for a Pakistani to do a business. Brave Decision by PEMRA.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Oct 20, 2016 - 6:26AM

    About time. An excellent decision by PEMRA. I can finally switch my TV back on now after so many years!Recommend

  • mirestan
    Oct 20, 2016 - 8:23AM

    Thank u PEMRA.Recommend

  • Kashmira
    Oct 21, 2016 - 11:02PM

    Good decision now gov has to take more steps .Recommend

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