ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Wednesday placed a blanket ban on airing Indian content on television or radio, ARY News reported.
According to a notification issued by the authority, the ban on airing Indian content will be applicable from 3PM, October 21, 2016 and any tlelevision or radio channel violating the ban will have its license cancelled without a show-cause notice.
“The authority took this decision after receiving reply to a summary from government of Pakistan, which authorised the the autority full powers to take decisions regarding Indian content. So, today, the auhority, through its decision, revoked the exception granted to Indian content by Pervez Musharraf in 2006,” reads the notification.
Relations between Pakistan and India have become tense as Pakistan raised the issue of Indian atrocities in Kashmir and martyrdom of separatist Burhan Wani at United Nations while India─in its bid to divert attention from Kashmir─ accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism and then on September 29 falsely claimed that its forces carried out a surgical strike against Pakistan.
Indian film producers association banned Pakistani actors and technicians, while already completed film starring Pakistani actors, are facing hurdles before release.
Pakistan had repeatedly announced that it will not back down from moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their freedom struggle.