Pakistan court revokes ban on Indian soaps

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday lifted a ban on Indian soaps imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) in October previous year, declaring it null and void as the government had no objections regarding the same.

On October 19, 2016, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority had issued a notification imposing a blanket ban on all Indian content.

The Lahore High Court said that Pemra's objection to Indian content on television was pointless as the federal government had no objections to it. Terming the ban "unreasonable", Justice Shah asked the regulatory body to review its policies. The court reportedly said that the world is a "global village" and that "unreasonable restrictions" can not be imposed in such a scenario. According to law, Pakistani TV channels can run 10% of global content.

The court passed the order while addressing a petition by Leo Communications, a local telecommunication company and parent organisation of TV channel Filmazia.

The petition claimed that the government was involved in "selective patriotism" because even though Indian movies were allowed to be screened all over the country, they could not be aired on television.

A ban on Indian films was lifted in February this year, however, permission to air television dramas was still not granted. "The government is indulging in selective patriotism as Indian movies are allowed to be exhibited in cinemas all over the country, showing its double standards", Jehangir added.

PEMRA on the other hand had informed the court that the ban had been imposed because India had imposed similar restrictions on all Pakistani content.

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