Pakistan to suspend TV channels airing Indian content: Reports
An order was issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on Monday limiting the amount of airtime allowed for Indian content in Pakistan. In photo: Pakistani men watch television on March 21, 2004. Photograph: (Getty)
The television and radio regulator in Pakistan today granted its chairman "the authority to revoke or suspend licences of companies airing Indian content without providing prior notice," Pakistan daily Dawn reported.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a statement declaring that "the licences of companies will be revoked or suspended without a show-cause notice or hearing if Indian content is aired in violation of an earlier order," the report said.
The statement comes amid brewing tensions between the two South Asian countries following the September 18 Uri attack in northermost Jammu and Kashmir state in Indian and ensuing surgical strikes by the Indian Army in Pak-administered Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the Dawn observed that Pemra 'mimicked the format India has adopted for the airing of Pakistani content' and issued an order limiting the amount of airtime allowed for Indian content.
Earlier, Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association (IMPPA), the filmmakers' body, banned their members from hiring Pakistani actors till the two South Asian countries resume normal relationship.