Vastavam web: A Pakistani court today lifted a ban imposed by the country’s media watchdog on airing of Indian teleplays calling it “unreasonable” restrictions.The Lahore High Court declared the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) ban on airing Indian teleplays null and void after the federal government told the court that it has no objections on Pakistani private TV channels telecasting Indian TV shows.Although Pemra’s ban on the airing of Indian films on television channels was lifted in February, permission to air teleplays or television dramas was not granted.
“The world has become a global village. How long unreasonable restrictions could be imposed,” he said.He further said when Indian movies are being screened in cinemas in the country what justification the Pemra has to ban them on TV channels.The judge also snubbed the Pemra for making the airing of Indian content on private television channels an issue when the federal government had stated that it had no objection on it.
M/s Leo Communications, TV channel Filmazia’s parent organisation, had sought revoking the Pemra ban.Petitioner’s counsel argued that the private TV channels should also be allowed to broadcast Indian teleplays as they fall within the definition of “entertainment” under the licence agreement with the Pemra. Under the Pemra licence, Filmazia is allowed to broadcast 10 per cent of foreign content including Indian.”The channel because of running foreign (Indian) content became very popular and received highest viewership ratings across the country, advocate Jehangir said, adding Pemra without citing any legal reason in October last issued a circular abruptly banning all Indian content on cable channels in Pakistan.