imposed ban on Indian content being aired on media including films, dramas and TVCs as well as those featuring Indian actors.
was presiding a meeting of cable operators here at PEMRA
Peshawar office where Director General Admin PEMRA
, DG Operations and distribution, GM Media and PR, GM for Chairman PEMRA
, Regional Manager PEMRA
Peshawar and representatives of cable operators were present.
According to the notice issued on Pakistan's 73rd Independence Day, PEMRA
has reiterated its withdrawal of the permission to air all Indian channels and content on the directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan dated October 27, 2018, which as imposed and conveyed by PEMRA
on October 30, 2019.
In his letter on July 15, VC Syed Amjad Shah asked Pemra
to ensure coverage of lawyer protests against the two superior court judges Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice K K Agha.
IHC Justice Athar Minallah while disposing of the petition filed by Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA) gave a go-ahead to Pemra
to complete the process of issuance of licences to 58 satellite TV channels including eight news and current affairs channels while protecting the rights of the existing television operators.
It maintained in the petition that PEMRA
had issued licences to 119 channels while it was only allowed to grant 80.
PBA's counsel Faisal Siddiqui maintained that PEMRA
had issued licenses to 119 channels while it was only allowed to grant 80.
counsel stated, "Then federal government had drafted a policy in 2006 as per which only 10% of the content aired on local television channels could be foreign."
The number of PEMRA
members have beenreduced down from 12 to eight.
'People are talking against the judiciary: does this not warrant action from Pemra
?' the LHC asked while comparing the issue with the regulator's prompt decision to block the transmission of last year's Faizabad dharna in Islamabad.The LHC subsequently directed Pemra
to submit a reply on why Pemra
acts strictly in some matters while showing leniency in others.
The petitioner pleaded IHC to initiate contempt of court proceedings against chairman Pemra
. An IHC bench heard the petition on Wednesday.
The unnecessary legal battle that ensued between Pemra
and these parties delayed the matter, causing colossal damage to national media landscape.