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SC will not allow airing of Indian content as it 'damages our culture', says Pak CJ

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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

made the remarks while hearing an appeal filed by the Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) against a high court's decision to ban the broadcast of Indian content on TV channels in Pakistan, Dawn reported.

Pemra's informed the three-member bench, led by the chief justice, that foreign content had been banned on court orders before a high court issued a stay order against it.

Pemra told the court that 65 per cent of the content shown on is foreign and that the number at times goes as high as 80 per cent, the paper said.

At this, the said, "we will not allow Indian content to be aired on (Pakistani) channels".

Pemra informed the chief justice that "Filmazia is not a channel but is an entertainment channel; it does not do any propaganda."

"It is, however, damaging our culture," the top replied.

observed that the Broadcasters Association's was not present in the court.

"We cannot pass a judgement without hearing him," he said.

Subsequently, the hearing was adjourned till the first week of February.

In 2016, Pemra had imposed a complete 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.

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

In October 2018, the apex court reinstated the ban on the transmission of Indian content on local television channels, setting aside the orders.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 16:40 IST
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