Pakistan makes way for Indian films on private TV channels  


The tables have turned now. The Pakistani court has enabled the screening of Indian films on private television channels with valid licenses. This will be according to their terms of agreement with the regulatory authority of the country.

The Chief Justice from Lahore Court, Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, has granted the permission to private television channels when the report was submitted to the court by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

An interim order has been passed by Shah on a petition filed by Leo Communication, challenging the ban of airing Indian content on cable television networks, as reported by PTI.

According to the report, television channels should allow the run of Indian films as per clause 7.2 (ii) of License Establish & Operate Satellite TV Broadcast Channel Station.

The petition counsel, Advocate Taffazul Rizvi, brought forward that the channels should be able to telecast Indian plays as they also come under the definition of ‘entertainment’ under the license agreement with PEMRA. A law officer from PEMRA, opposed to this and sought time to establish that ‘entertainment’ does not include ‘Indian plays’. He stated that the channels were allowed to run Indian films as per terms of their license agreements with PEMRA.