SC imposes ban on airing Indian content

Published: October 27, 2018
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During the hearing the top judge also suspended the high court decision in this regard.

PHOTO: FILE

During the hearing the top judge also suspended the high court decision in this regard. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI ': The Supreme Court on Saturday imposed a ban on airing of Indian content on Pakistani television channels.

A three-member bench of the top court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, imposed the restriction during a hearing at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry.

During the hearing, the top judge also suspended an earlier high court decision of screening foreign content.

CJP Nisar said, “Indian content must be banned as they are shutting down our dams. Should we not ban their channels?”

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The SC imposed a complete ban on screening Indian content. Only printable content will be screened.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) in 2017, noting that “the world has become a global village”, lifted a ban on airing of Indian drama serials imposed by the broadcast media watchdog in 2016.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had passed the order after hearing arguments on a petition filed by a local media company praying that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) prohibition be set aside.

The petitioner had stated that Pemra had granted a licence to the company for 15 years to operate a cable channel. Under the licence conditions, the channel was allowed to broadcast 10 per cent foreign content, including that of India.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Khurram
    Oct 27, 2018 - 5:14PM

    It’s a good decision and I salute the Honorable judges for this action. I hope that they also look into a whole string of commercials which originate from India and portray Indian actors and heroes which are not a part of our cultureRecommend

  • Tahir
    Oct 27, 2018 - 8:47PM

    Good decision. Since Indian TV channels do not air Pakistani content, therefore we should do the same. There is no need for conference-building, because India is in no mood for that. Recommend

  • Maqsood Kayani
    Oct 27, 2018 - 9:53PM

    SC should also ban the Indian films showing in the cinema halls.Recommend

  • Rex
    Oct 28, 2018 - 12:16AM

    A very laudable act! Since all other problems have been solved, this is the highest priority one to be acted upon. Please carry this forward and eliminate all things Indian from the pure land, including its history and the family history of its founder.Recommend

  • Max
    Oct 28, 2018 - 3:06PM

    Good decision. But Pakistani channels do not have much to offer in terms of content either and that is the main reason behind both the channels and viewers switching to Indian content.Recommend

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