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Karachi cable operators violating the ban on airing Indian channels

Despite a ban clamped by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on airing of Indian channels, Karachi's cable operators are ignoring it.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2004 15:10 IST

Despite a ban clamped by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on airing of Indian channels, Karachi's cable operators are ignoring it.

According to The Nation, the cable operators are allowing their subscribers to watch these banned Indian channels after 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.

During day, the viewers watch sports and other entertainment
channels. Several people here have confirmed that they are able to watch
banned Indian channels like Zee News, Zee Cinema, Star Plus, Star
Gold, B4U Music and B4U Movies.

According to some subscribers, PEMRA has no business to decide
about what channels the people of the country should watch while
others said they were "delighted" that Indian culture is not
being allowed to intrude into their homes.

"PEMRA has no moral justification for the ban on Indian channels.
When we make monthly payments to cable operators, we should be
allowed to watch whatever entertainment channels we want to see
as authority has no right to tell us whether a channel is good
for morals or not," a student said.

However, an elderly family defended the PEMRA's decision, saying,
"In the garb of entertainment, Indian culture through their
movies is promoted while anti-Pakistan propaganda is regular
feature of these channels."

Sheeba Ahmed, a female student, said that PEMRA needed to be more
consistent in its policies.

"A couple of months back, the regulatory authority imposed a ban
on Indian channels citing heightened tension between India and
Pakistan. It also drew our attention to the fact that the Indian
Government had banned Pakistani channels.

Ahmed said the fact that the regulatory authority had changed its
stand so many times in the past, made the ban dubious.

She further suggested that PEMRA seemed to be backing the
country's well-heeled media tycoons, who were unmindful of their
priorities to their subscribers.

First Published: Jan 02, 2004 21:35 IST