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Pakistan regulator irked over Indian serials, issues notices

Islamabad: Pakistan's media regulator has said that it has issued several show cause notices to a company distributing a private TV channel that broadcasts Indian serials.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority made the declaration while responding to a petition filed in the Lahore High Court.

Angry over airing Indian soap operas. Image courtesy in.com

PEMRA told the court last week that the private TV channel was not entitled to broadcast any Indian serials.

Five leading Pakistani entertainment channels have filed a petition in the high Court asking it to direct PEMRA to stop the "illegal transmissions" of the private channel that is airing Indian serials.

In response to the petition, PEMRA produced copies of the private channel's licence and the approved mix of programmes it could broadcast.

PEMRA said it had never allowed the channel to beam any Indian content. PEMRA further said the channel could broadcast foreign content only after dubbing it in Urdu.

The regulator also provided the court copies of the show cause notices it had served on the channel that directed it to immediately stop beaming Indian serials.

When the petitioners pointed out that the channel was continuing its illegal transmission despite the show cause notices, the high court directed PEMRA to submit its final conclusions in the matter within 10 days.

Despite restrictions imposed by PEMRA, most cable networks in Pakistan carry Indian entertainment channels and air Bollywood films that are very popular.

PTI