KARACHI: The Supreme Court Saturday banned airing of Indian content on Pakistani channels after setting aside a decision of Lahore High Court which had allowed broadcasting of foreign content on the television screens.
Hearing a case pertaining to airing of foreign content on the national media at Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, the top judge Mian Saqib Nisar said shut Indian content immediately, only content meeting criteria, should be aired.
“Someone is trying to create hindrance in constructing dams into Pakistan, choking our water, and we cannot off-air their content?” questioned the Chief Justice.
On October 25, the CJ had, while hearing case regarding ‘grey trafficking’, expressed his dislike over performance of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and customs for failing to control swarm of illegal dish channels.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) initiated crackdown against illegal DTH across the country in August 2016.—NNI