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SC bars private TV channels from airing Indian content

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday barred private TV channels from airing Indian content.

A three-member bench of the SC which was headed by Justice Gulzar heard the case pertaining to the telecast of Indian content on Pakistani channels.

During the hearing, Justice Gulzar in his remarks questioned, “Do you people still want to see Indian content? To this, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) prosecutor told the court, “Previous government had drafted a policy in 2006 as per which only 10% of the content aired on local television channels could be foreign.”

“But Indian channels are not airing any Pakistani content so the ban should be reinstated with immediate effect,” added PEMRA’s prosecutor.

Upon the completion of remarks from both parties, the top court suspended Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict and reinstated the ban on airing Indian content.

The top court also ordered LHC to stay away from PEMRA affairs.

A year earlier, LHC revoked the ban imposed by PEMRA on airing the Indian content.

The top court then adjourned the hearing till an indefinite period.



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