Uri Attack effect: Zindagi TV channel to stop airing Pakistani serials

Amidst demands for Pakistan artists to leave India after Uri attacks that killed 18 soldiers on September 18, Zee network has announced it will stop airing Pakistani serials.
Fawad Khan became a household name with Zindagi Gulzar Hai topping TRP charts.
Fawad Khan became a household name with Zindagi Gulzar Hai topping TRP charts.
Updated on Sep 26, 2016 01:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Amidst demands for Pakistan artists to leave India after Uri attacks that killed 18 soldiers on September 18, Zee network has announced it will stop airing Pakistani serials.

Confirming the news Zee network head Subhash Chandra tweeted on Sunday, “Will not shut down Zindgi channel but revamp programming without serials from Pakistan, we will have Indian subjects on Muslim community.”

Launched in 2014, Zindagi channel became popular with the Indian masses after showcasing various Pakistani shows like Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam, Sasural Ki Galli, Noor Bano, Main Bushra and Jab We Wed

Referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Subhash Chandra, Chairman at Zee and Essel Group, tweeted on Saturday, “Unfortunate stance of Mia Sharif at UN. Zee is considering stopping Zindagi programmes from Pakistan. Artistes from there should leave.”

Earlier, the MNS in Mumbai had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani actors asking them to leave India or face consequences. MNS’ Cine Workers Association, Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (CKS) president Ameya Khopkar warned that they won’t allow the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees as the films feature Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan respectively.

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