Celebrities protest outside top court to ban Indian dramas on Pakistani channels

Published: May 12, 2018
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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.

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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Reader Comments (7)

  • Truth
    May 12, 2018 - 2:25PM

    These actors would take the first flight out of Pakistan if they got a chance in India. Accept thatRecommend

  • jun
    May 12, 2018 - 5:12PM

    Indian movies and their dramas are junk anyway.Acting skills are too low compared to Pakistani dramas.Why show them when we have great actors and actresses.They are thieves anyway,stealing from Pakistan,Hollywood and now from Korea and Japan.When they don’t allow our stuff,why should we.Give time to our people.Recommend

  • Rana
    May 12, 2018 - 11:17PM

    Sultan Hasan Khan, seen one pak movie TERE BIN LADEN good comedy bro. The protest is all about business, it’s normal,. It happens in parts of India also to protect regional film industry. It is nothing to do with patriotism. Some good Indian movie (hindi) are worth watching. Except dancing scenes they are better than Hollywood and far better than Chinese film.Recommend

  • Truth
    May 13, 2018 - 1:05AM

    Time to pay rogue state India in the same coins…Recommend

  • Vakil
    May 13, 2018 - 7:53AM

    Shows how low standards have fallen in Pakistan dramas. I remember in the ’80s how popular Pakistani TV soaps were in India on the video cassette library circuit. But that was before Pakistan’s Kashmir obsession from ’90s… Interesting coincidence? Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    May 13, 2018 - 9:09AM

    @jun:
    Not thieving but rather as Anil Kapoor said in the film “Taal”: remix. Just like we came up with the JF-17 through ‘remix’.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 13, 2018 - 11:18AM

    Celebrities don’t want to compete so they chose this route.Bad for the consumer.Recommend

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