Pakistan media regulator bans airing of Indian content

"Therefore, in its 120th meeting today, the authority decided to withdraw one-sided concession given to India in 2006 by the then Musharraf administration," read a PEMRA statement

Pakistan media regulator bans airing of Indian content

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority on Wednesday announced its decision to impose a blanket ban on airing Indian content on satellite TV and FM radio channels in the country.

The decision was taken in PEMRA's meeting headed by Absar Alam in Islamabad on Wednesday. The PEMRA has directed all satellite television channels and radio to follow the code of conduct. It said that licence of the violators would be cancelled without intimating show-cause notice.

“The ban will come into effect at 3pm on October 21. Licences of TV channels and radio stations that go against the ban will be cancelled without any show-cause notice,” said the statement issued by the regulatory body.

“Pemra, with the authority vested by the federal government, today announces the cancellation of the one-sided rights given to India by the Pervez Musharraf government,” said the Pemra statement.

The authority had earlier applied for a ban in response to the banning of Pakistani content by many Indian channels, if not the Indian government itself.