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No Indian content on Pakistan TV, it damages our culture: SC

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's on Wednesday said that the country's will not allow Indian content to be shown on Pakistani TV channels as it "damages our culture".

Nisar's remarks came as a three-member apex court bench heard an appeal filed by the Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) against the High Court's decision to ban the broadcast of Indian content on TV channels in the country, Dawn newspaper reported.

Pemra's told the that foreign content was banned on court orders before a issued a stay.

The authority's said that 65 per cent of the content shown on was foreign and that the number at times goes as high as 80 per cent.

At this, the remarked: "We will not allow Indian content to be aired on (Pakistani) channels."

On being told that "Filmazia was not a news channel but was an entertainment channel and that it did not do any propaganda", the countered the Pemra by saying: "It is, however, damaging our culture."

The top adjourned the hearing in the case till the first week of February as the Broadcasters Association's was not in attendance.

In 2016, Pemra had imposed a ban on airing Indian content on local television and FM radio channels.

The decision was largely seen as a tit-for-tat move after similar actions were taken by some channels and the entertainment industry in against Pakistani content and artists, the report said.

In 2017, the Lahore lifted the Pemra-imposed ban, declaring it null and void as the had no objections regarding the same.

In October 2018, the reinstated the ban on the transmission of Indian content on local television channels.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:30 IST
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