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Pakistan to suspend TV channels airing Indian content

The licences of media outlets will be revoked or suspended without a show-cause notice or hearing if Indian content is aired in violation of an earlier order

In what looks like a retaliatory move in response to the growing chorus to ban Pakistani artists in India, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has announced it will suspend the licences of media outlets airing Indian content without issuing a prior notice.

According to Hindustan Times, PEMRA delegated powers to its chairperson Absar Alam for taking action against channels that violate laws without giving them any notice or holding a hearing.

The statement declared that the licences of companies will be revoked or suspended without a show-cause notice or hearing if Indian content is aired in violation of an earlier order.

Against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the two countries, PEMRA had earlier set October 15 as the deadline for channels and cable networks to stop airing “excessive Indian content”.

Tensions between Indian and Pakistan have intensified after two Pakistani soldiers were killed as Indian and Pakistani border troops exchanged fire across the Line of Control. India alleged it conducted ‘surgical strikes’ against ‘terror launch pads’ based in PoK.

 

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