Monday, 17 December, 2018

Pakistan bans Indian TV shows after accusing neighbour of cutting water supply

During the hearing the top judge also suspended the high court decision in this regard During the hearing the top judge also suspended the high court decision in this regard
Kenny Thornton | 31 October, 2018, 07:54

Pakistan's Supreme Court has reintroduced a ban on country's local channels from airing Indian films and television content on Saturday.

Only appropriate content should be aired, the CJP remarked.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar issued the order in Karachi while hearing a case filed by producers' associations relating to the broadcasting of foreign content on Pakistan television channels. "Why shouldn't we close their channels?" Nisar reportedly said.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) initiated crackdown against illegal DTH across the country in August 2016.

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The committee will consist of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Jahanzeb Khan, Member Customs Mohammad Zahid, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Saleem Baig, Dawn news reorted.

"They are trying to (obstruct the construction) of our dam and we can not even ban their channels?"

"They are trying to (obstruct the construction) of our dam and we can not even ban their channels?" the top judge fumed as he ordered the broadcast of Indian shows to be "shut down" before adding that the authorities should "only air appropriate content", the report said.

The Indus Waters Treaty, drawn up in September 1960 and brokered by the World Bank, lays down rules for how the water of the Indus and its tributaries that flow in India and Pakistan will be used. However, India claims it has unrestricted rights to develop hydroelectric power projects on the western rivers, within the specified parameters of design.

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