SC Reinstates Ban on Indian Content for All TV Channels

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has banned the broadcasting of any Indian content on all local TV channels.

The apex court has reinstated the ban on the transmission of Indian content while hearing a petition of United Producers Association (UPA) on the matter. Previously, the Lahore High Court had allowed the broadcasting of Indian content.

Mian Saqib Nisar, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, remarked that India is trying to encumber the construction of our dam and we cannot even ban their channels.

However, this is not a blanket ban on foreign content, as he ordered to ‘shut down’ the broadcast of Indian shows while asking the authorities only to air appropriate content.

UPA Demands ban on Foreign Content
Credit: UPA

It needs to be mentioned here that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had imposed a blanket ban in October 2016 on the broadcast of Indian content on local TV and radio channels.


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The ban had come as a ‘tit-for-tat move’ when India banned the transmission of Pakistani content amid deteriorating relations between the two countries over the Uri attack.

Nevertheless, the Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted the ban while directing to censor only objectionable Indian content or content containing anti-Pakistan rhetoric.

It further observed that Pemra acted on its own regarding this ban, as the federal government did not object to the transmission of Indian content on local TV.

Notably, many Pakistani celebrities staged a protest outside the apex court against the local TV channels airing foreign content.

Many notable actors like Faysal Qureshi, Samina Ahmed, Adnan Siddiqui, and others came forward to endorse the stance.


  • Geekpk

    Good no need to show content of a country who doesnt accept pakistan. we need to promote our tv shows.

    • abobobilly

      I don’t want to be salty, but out TV channels are pretty steadily catching up with Indian TV’s agenda. So even if you ban Indian contents, the essence of it needs to be eliminated from so called ‘modern TV’ of our media.

  • Ahtysham Afzal

    Also ban ads with indian actors, casting local talents will create more jobs.

    • Muhammad Kamran

      As I remember, it is already banned.

      • Ahtysham Afzal

        then you don’t watch the TV

        • Muhammad Kamran

          Yes. For long time I did not watch Pakistani channels. Only Geo and Ary news, on which I did not noticed.

  • Naru-hudo

    This is what we need, to grow our film industries and animation industries. This will create millions of job and talented people will gather at one platform.

    • Imran Jalbani

      Point!
      Pakistanis are far better than Indians. Pakistani dramas can be set in contemporary times.
      What we need to provoke our industry for uplifting sense.Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • Muhammad Abd al-Hameed

    The ban should also include the Indian films on pirated DVDs.

    • abobobilly

      There is no copyright laws implemented in Pakistan. So sale of such content, which is actually a million dollar industry in Pakistan, cannot be banned. Besides, these days internet access to movies have made these bans rather pointless.

  • Hamid Hussain

    You cannot ban any thing in this Era of technology…

  • Mazhar Iqbal

    Very good decision by banning Indian content by SC

    CJ should also direct Pemra to speed up the process of issuing Pakistan DTH license and start the transmission within 06 months.

  • ADNAN NAZIR

    Great Initiative. It’s necessary for Pakistani TV industry. Also the Indian Content is too lame. Only think that they promote is their Religious Rituals and Larger than Life Glamour.

  • essque

    Its about time Indian content was taken off the cinemas too…..