The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued new ban over TV channels relating to India, aftermath of India’s “unilateral and illegal actions” through which it scrapped the special status for occupied Kashmir.
PEMRA directed news channels to not invite any Indian celebrity, politician, journalist, and analysts in their talk shows for any kind of “comments” and “analysis”.
In a notification issued on August 8, PEMRA reminded TV channels that there is a complete ban on Indian content whether in the “form of clips, promos, songs, news reports, promotion of Indian actors, advertisement, political discussion, and analysis etc.”
“No Indian films will be screened in any Pakistani cinema. Drama, films and Indian content of this kind will be completely banned in Pakistan,” Firdous Ashiq Awan, the adviser to PM Imran Khan on information and broadcasting, said in a tweet link on Thursday.
Pakistan had already downgraded its bilateral ties and suspended trade with India days after PM Modi’s government revoked the autonomous status of India-held Kashmir on August 5.
Earlier, Pakistan expel Indian ambassador over Kashmir dispute, Pakistan also suspended Samjhauta Express train to India.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid on Friday said the Thar Express train service to India will be suspended as well.
“As long as I am railways minister, Samjhauta Express and Thar Express will not operate. That’s it,” he declared at a press conference in Islamabad today.