Pakistan has ordered a blanket ban on the airing of Indian TV programmes, amid deteriorating relations between the South Asian neighbours.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) directive applies to cable and satellite platforms and FM radio stations.
Pemra’s action “is largely seen as a tit-for-tat move after a similar action by some channels and the entertainment industry in India against Pakistani content and artists”, says Dawn website.
The ban takes effect from 3 p.m. local time on 21 October. Violators risk losing their broadcasting licences.
Pemra chairman Absar Alam says the decision to limit foreign content was made in April “but the current tense political situation has helped as the resistance in this regard has been reduced due to public sentiment”. Read more