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Won't allow Indian content on TV channels as it 'damages our culture': Pakistan Chief Justice

In a setback for Pakistani fans of Indian TV soaps, Chief Justice of Pakistan on Wednesday said no Indian content will be aired on Pakistani channels, as per the Dawn. It seems the ban on the broadcast of Indian content on Pakistani TV channels is here to stay.

A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard a petition by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Perma) against a High Court order. Perma’s counsel Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri informed the three-member bench that foreign content had been banned on court orders even before a high court issued a stay order against it.

“We will not allow Indian content to be aired on (Pakistani) channels as it “damages our culture” after Pemra’s chairman Saleem Baig told the Court that 65-80 percent content shown on a certain entertainment channel is foreign.

However, Pakistan Broadcasters Association’s counsel was not present for the hearing, and the hearing was adjourned till the first week of February.

In 2016, Perma banned airing of Indian content on local television and FM radio channels in retaliation to similar move by some channels and entertainment industry in India. In 2017, Lahore High Court lifted the Perma-imposed ban as the Federal government had no objections with it.

The ban was however re-instated in 2018 by the Pakistani Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the media regulator of Pakistan directed all channels not to air television programmes which have “intimate moments between couples” or “bed scenes”.

“Indecent scenes/dialogues/extramarital relations, violence, inappropriate dressing, rape scenes, caressing, bed scenes, use of drugs and alcohol, intimate moments between couples are being glamourised in utter disregard to Pakistani culture and values," Pemra said as per PTI.

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