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Lahore HC lifts PEMRA ban on Indian TV shows

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MUMBAI: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday cancelled a ban imposed by PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) on the telecast of Indian television shows in Pakistan. THe HC stated that the federal government had no objection to the Indian television programmes.

HC chief justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that the Indian content with anti-Pakistan or objectionable content could be censored but there was no requirement for a complete ban, IANS reported. Justice Shah observed that the world had become a global village.

The petition questing the PEMRA ban had contended that imposing a ban was outside the powers of the regulatory body and the Pakistani constitution. Even though Indian movies were allowed to be screened all over Pakistan, the same could not be shown on television, the petitioner had stated, also claiming that the Pakistani government was involved in "selective patriotism". The petitioner's counsel Asma Jehangir argued that the ban on Indian teleplays seemed to be strange when Indian films were being free telecast.

Although the ban on the telecast of Indian films was done away with in February 2017, approval to air television dramas or teleplays was not granted.

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