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The Lahore High Court has lifted a ban imposed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on the airing of Indian TV shows in the country.
Media laws in Pakistan on the DTH front are going to be more liberal than their counterparts in India, thanks to a court order. Lahore HC declares recently held DTH auction null and void as it had disallowed broadcasters from bidding. In India, there is a clear broadcast sector cap on DTH. As per this regulation, broadcasters can’t own more than 20% equity in a DTH company.
“The ban will come into effect at 3 pm on 21 October, and radio and TV stations which violate the ban will have their licences suspended without a prior show cause notice,” Pakistan’s media regulatory authority said.
Pakistani TV regulator has also warned that non-compliance of the order would be dealt with strictly under the law.
The Lahore High Court has issued a ban on the screening of Indian films and TV shows in Pakistan, after lifting it in 2006. Slamming the decision, I&B minister Manish Tewari said that the Pak govt must remove them from negative list.