Pakistan Government Lifts Ban On Indian Serials

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Here is some good news for the Indian daily soaps and the movies, as the Pakistani government has finally lifted the ban on the airing of Indian soaps and movies by the cable operator, five months after the implementation of the same. After the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) had banned the screening of the Indian daily soaps and the movies in the nation, Leo Communication had challenged the same. In response to the same petition, Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court, granted permission to the private channels, to air the Indian movies and daily soaps.

Private Channels Can Once Again Air Indian Content

Picture Courtesy: The Times of Islamabad

According to Leo Communications, PEMRA had issued it a 15-year license to operate a cable channel in the nation, which would have the rights to air 10% of foreign contents, which include India. However, in the month of October, the Pakistani channels were asked to stop airing Indian contents by PEMRA.

The petitioner said that the company had reached to the helms of the TRP in the country, owing to the inclusion of the foreign content in its daily routine. However, he says that the government according to him, is having selective patriotism, as the Indian movies are allowed all across the nation. The petitioner also calls the government having a double standard.

Earlier, during the time of enforcing the law, there has been a huge foul cry in the nation, as PEMRA had banned the airing of the Indian content in the private cable channels, without giving a proper legal reason behind the same. Apart from this, which had played a major role in the final lifting of the ban, the court also had noted the hypocrisy of the government, as it was allowing Indian movies all across the nation, but not Indian daily soaps and series.

The court has now adjourned till the 2nd of March.

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