Islamabad: On Saturday, October 27, the Supreme Court of Pakistan repudiated a previous order by the Lahore High Court and thereby reinstated a ban on the transmission of Indian content on local channels.
The decision was announced by Chief Justice Saquib Nisar during the hearing of a petition filed by United Producers Association. Justice Nisar observed that the decision was not absolute but a partial ban, thereby allowing appropriate Indian content to be featured. The matter pertained to the broadcasting of foreign content on local television channels.
Justice Nisar expressing his exasperation on the issue, ordered the ban and thereby exclaimed,
“They are trying to obstruct the construction of our dam and we cannot even ban their channels?”
Previously, the India Entertainment Industry had imposed a ban not only against Pakistani content but also on the artists from the neighbouring State. Thereafter, in reprisal, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) imposed a complete ban on the telecast of Indian content on local television and FM radio channels.
However, in 2017, the Lahore High Court lifted the ban imposed by PEMRA, thereby, declaring it null and void on grounds that the Federal Government had no objections regarding featuring of Indian content.
Many notable artists of the Pakistani Entertainment Industry including Faysal Qureshi, Samina Ahmed, Adnan Siddiqui, and others were seen outside the Apex Court, in opposition of the broadcasting of foreign content on local channels.