Pakistan SC bans private channels from airing Indian films and TV shows


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Post Pulwama attack, the All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) banned Pakistani artistes. Later, the Indian Air Force avenged the Pulwama attack. 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of Indian Air Force crossed the border and dropped 1000 kgs of laser explosives on terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan. At least 300 terrorists were killed. In retaliation, Pakistan government decided to boycott Indian content that includes films and TV commercials.

Pakistan’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain announced that Pakistan film exhibitors association will be boycotting Indian films. In an official statement, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain had said that Pakistan film exhibitors association will be boycotting Indian films following air strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Balakot (in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) last month.

However, this was not followed by some of the Pakistani private channels. Taking a stringent action on it, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday barred private channels from airing Indian films and television shows.

The state-run Radio Pakistan reported that a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad heard the case pertaining to the telecast of Indian material on Pakistani channels. After hearing, the apex court decided to bar private channels from airing Indian material. The hearing of the case has been adjourned for an indefinite period.

It is to be noted that Pakistan Supreme Court had last instated a ban on Indian material in October 2018.

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