Won’t allow Indian content as it damages our culture, says Pakistan Supreme Court

New Delhi: Pakistan’s Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court will not allow Indian content to be shown on Pakistani TV channels as it “damages our culture”.

In October, the Supreme Court had reinstated a ban on Indian television content and films being broadcast on the country’s local channels.

Mr Nisar’s remarks came as a three-member top court bench heard an appeal filed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) against the High Court’s decision to ban the broadcast of Indian content on TV channels in the country, Dawn newspaper reported.

Pemra’s counsel Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri told the Supreme Court that foreign content was banned on court orders before a High Court issued a stay.

The authority’s Chairman Saleem Baig said 65 per cent of the content shown on Filmazia channel was foreign and that the number, at times, goes as high as 80 per cent.

At this, the Chief Justice remarked: “We will not allow Indian content to be aired on (Pakistani) channels.”

On being told that “Filmazia was not a news channel but was an entertainment channel and that it did not do any propaganda”, the Chief Justice countered the Pemra counsel by saying: “It is, however, damaging our culture.”

In 2017, the Lahore High Court had lifted the Pemra-imposed ban, declaring it null and void as the federal government had no objections regarding the same.

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