Govt asked to ban Indian films, serials on Pak cable TV
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 23:40
Islamabad: The government in Pakistan was flayed by the opposition on Tuesday for allowing Indian films and serials to be beamed on television and cable, saying they helped to promote Indian culture and spoilt the youth.

The issue was raised in the National Assembly or lower house of parliament by opposition PML-Q member Bushra Rehman through a call attention notice. The screening of such films amounted to the promotion of Indian culture by the privately owned channels and cable networks, she said.

Pakistani youth are being spoilt by such programming and this is causing "grave concern" among the people, Rehman said.

Responding to the criticism, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the government could not intervene in the matter as the previous government had permitted cable operators to telecast foreign channels and foreign films and serials.

The permission granted to cable operators later became part of the official policy and the operators have said they will approach courts if the government acts against them for telecasting foreign films or serials, Kaira said.

"We do not want to take action against the media channels as the government. But if the House will empower us, we will definitely take action to stop the media from telecasting foreign films," Kaira suggested.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 23:40

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