KARACHI: Many Pakistani celebs took to the Supreme Court (SC) to ban Indian dramas on local channels on Saturday, reported Express News.
Yesterday, United Producers Association took to Twitter to share the initiative to ban Indian content on Pakistani channels. Many famous actors such as Faysal Quraishi, Adnan Siddiqui, Samina Ahmed and many others came forward to support the stance.
@UPAPakistan Drive Against Excessive Foreign Content on Local Electronic Media, UPA approach #CJP for attention towards more than 10% foreign content being broadcast at the moment @smubashirimam @zkhan007 @aijazz7 @faysalquraishi @adnanactor @saminatv @DunyaNews @geonews_urdu pic.twitter.com/e6Pe3U8Qvk— UPA - Pakistan (@UPAPakistan) May 11, 2018
The actors had their first hearing at the top court today. The veteran drama actor, Samina revealed to the press, "The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has asked us to submit an application and we will soon be given a new date for the next hearing, assuring course of action to be taken."
"Our soldiers are fighting for us at the border. We're in a state of war with India. Many mothers, daughters have come to me, asking why we have allowed Indian content on television when it's the Indians who kill their sons, our sons. I have no response. I'm too embarrassed to say anything," added Faysal.
Further talking about it, Adnan, who has worked with Indian actors such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, said, "We have to admit that whatever we are today, wherever we are, it's all because of television. We are not here for a particular channel, we are against the content that is being aired. Many people are unemployed because of the Indian, American content."
Another veteran actor, Ejaz Aslam added, "Because of the international content, more than 50,000 films are getting affected. There should be a quota, a proper one, to air let's say, only 10% of foreign content."
The CJP took notice of the petition, asking actors to file an application for the petition.
"The content airing on television is at times inappropriate for the "Islamic Republic of Pakistan." We're all liberal, but the award shows are ill-suited for the audience due to the inappropriate dresses. This is not our culture, and we will not stand while our traditions and norms are diminished," added CJP.
The apex court has issued notices to Pemra and relevant TV channels.
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