Pakistan, TV channels, Indian content, Supreme Court, ban

No Pakistani TV channel can now air Indian content, orders court

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has stopped private channels from airing Indian material forthwith.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad heard the case pertaining to the telecast of Indian material on Pakistani channels in Islamabad today.

Further hearing of the case has been adjourned for an indefinite period.

In October 2018, Supreme Court had slapped a ban over airing Indian content on Pakistani channels, after setting aside a decision of Lahore High Court, allowing broadcasting foreign content on the Television screens.

Hearing the case pertaining to airing of foreign content on the National media at Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, then chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar showed his resentment, “someone is trying to create hindrance in constructing dams into Pakistan, choking our water, and we cannot off-air their content?”, questioned Chief Justice.

“Shut Indian content immediately, only content meeting criteria, should be aired”, said CJP.

On October 25, CJP expressed his dislike over performance of Federal Board of Revenue  (FBR), Pakistan Electronic  Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and customs for failing to control swarm of illegal dish channels, while hearing case regarding ‘grey trafficking’.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) initiated crackdown against illegal DTH across the country in August 2016.

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