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Indian TV content banned in Pak: Hussain Haqqani slams Pak Chief Justice

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New [India], Jan 10 (ANI): Former to the United States Hussain Haqqani hit out at of Saqib Nisar for not allowing Indian content to be shown on Pakistani television channels, claiming that the latter "says things that he does not mean or understand."

"I think of says things that he does not mean and even understand. It is best for and Pakistan to have more cultural exchanges, and it is not the function of a country's to talk about cultural and policy issues," Haqqani said in an exclusive interview to on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Nisar courted controversy when he said that Pakistan would ban Indian content from the country, as it "damaged our culture."

His comments came as a three-member apex court bench heard an appeal filed by the (PEMRA) against a decision by the to ban the broadcast of Indian content on TV channels in the country.

Talking about the opening of the Kartarpur corridor between and Pakistan, Haqqani said that the initiative was a limited but positive step.

"However, it will only benefit the people of on the Indian side and Pakistanis who will benefit from having visitors coming in and spending money on the Pakistani side. It does not benefit Pakistan-relations on the whole. As far as the attitude considering other permanent enemies are concerned, I have always said that the best way forward for Pakistan-India is to look each other as neighbours," he opined.

Haqqani further said Pakistan Imran Khan's "Naya Pakistan" vision is "nothing but the 'Purana' (old) Pakistan wrapped in a new cricket jersey."

Sharing his thoughts on Pakistan as an issue in Indian elections, the former said," I have not found any evidence that Pakistan is an issue in the forthcoming (in India). If it becomes one, it would be a natural thing. During the Pakistan elections, had called as 'Modi ka yaar' (PM Narendra Modi's friend), as a way of taunting him. I think both the countries matter to each other, and to try to say they should not be discussed in course of elections is actually unrealistic.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:20 IST