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Pakistan bans Indian TV and radio content

MUMBAI: Pakistan will ban TV and radio content from India, effective Friday. The decision to enforce a complete ban on content from India was taken by Pakistan’s media regulatory authority, following a request by the federal government.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory AuthorityPakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) warned that the licences of those found guilty of violating the ban will be suspended.

“The ban will come into effect at 3 pm on 21 October, and radio and television stations which violate the ban will have their licences suspended without a prior show cause notice,” PEMRA said in a statement.

The ban will be applicable to all Indian content on cable and radio being aired in Pakistan.

As tensions between India and Pakistan rose, PEMRA also decided to cancel one-sided rights given to Indian media by the government of Pervez Musharraf in 2006.

PEMRA has already decided to get tough with Indian contents after complaints that most of the local channels were using more than five per cent foreign content as allowed by it, PTI reported.

The regulator on 31 August said that strict action would be taken against the channels airing foreign content more than the prescribed limit and traders selling illegal DTH sets.

The decision was implemented from 16 October as PEMRA launched crackdown on those channels using foreign contents illegally, the news agency reported.

Earlier in October, PEMRA granted its chairman Absar Alam final authority to revoke or suspend licences of companies illegally using Indian content.