Pakistani court lifts ban on airing Indian TV serials

Pakistani court lifts ban on airing Indian TV serials”

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday lifted the ban on Indian television shows being aired in Pakistan, reported Dawn.

However, a Lahore high court recently objected to the ban saying that a ban on anti-Pakistan content is understandable, but a blanket ban is not needed. The court reportedly said that the world is a "global village" and that "unreasonable restrictions" can not be imposed in such a scenario.

The state-run media authority imposed the ban on radio and television networks airing Indian content last October amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the disputed Kashmir region.

M/s Leo Communications had filed a petition in the court claiming that it was beyond the authority of both Pemra and the Constitution to impose such a restriction.

LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that Indian content, which are objectionable or anti-Pakistan, could be censored but there is no need for a complete ban. The petitioner contended that the government was involved in "selective patriotism" by allowing Indian movies allowed to be screened all over the country and couldn't be aired on television.

In a series of tit-for-tat moves in the entertainment industry, Pakistan previous year suspended screening of all Indian movies until tensions calmed, while Hindu nationalists in India have threatened violence at cinemas showing films with Pakistani actors.

PEMRA on the other hand had informed the court that the ban had been imposed because India had imposed similar restrictions on all Pakistani content.

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