Yesterday, Pakistani court has permitted private television channels having legitimate licenses to show Indian movies as per their terms of the agreement with the country’s regulatory authority. Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, chief Justice at Lahore High Court approved the acquiescence to private television channels in the light of report laid by the Pakistani Electronic Media Regulatory Authority i.e. PEMRA before the court.
Mr. Shah approved the provisional order on a petition filed by Leo Communication demanding a ban on airing Indian content on cable television network. As per the report, television channels should be permitted to run Indian movies as per clause 7.2 II of License Establish and Operate Satellite TV Broadcast Channel Station. Advocate Taffazul Rizvi, counsel for petitioner squabbled in the court that the channels should also be permitted to transmit Indian plays as they also descend inside the definition of entertainment beneath the license agreement with PEMRA.
Law officer of PEMRA challenged the dispute in quest of time to establish that the entertainment does not comprise Indian plays. He alleged that channels were permitted to run Indian movies as per term of license with PEMRA. On the other hand in October 2016 PEMRA had banned Pakistani private channels being maneuver from side to side cable network from airing the Indian content.
The petition filed alleged that the order was a violation of PEMRA norms and the Constitution. The petitioner alleged in 2010 that he had been approved a 15-year license by PEMRA to drive cable channel i.e. Filmazia and beneath the license, it was allowable to transmit 10 percent of foreign content comprising Indian. He alleged that’ the channel because of running foreign i.e. Indian content became very famous and received highest viewership ratings all over the country’. It alleges PEMRA without quoting any legal rationale in October subjected a circular unexpectedly banning all Indian content on cable channels in Pakistan.
When Indian films were being screened in theaters in Pakistan, Justice Shah had previously observed what justification the government or PEMRA had to ban them on TV. The court then adjourned the hearing till 2nd march. He alleged that’ The government is indulging in selective patriotism as Indian movies are permitted to be exhibited in cinemas all over the country showing its double standards’.