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Pak Par panel seeks ban on Indian TV channels

Criticising the government's decision to allow the screening of Indian films in the country,a Pakistani parliamentary panel has sought a ban on the beaming of Indian TV channels on cable networks.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published: January 13, 2009 8:54:46 pm

Criticising the government’s decision to allow the screening of Indian films in the country,a Pakistani parliamentary panel has sought a ban on the beaming of Indian TV channels on cable networks.

The Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting in the Senate or Upper House of Parliament has recommended that the government immediately ban Indian TV channels being telecast by cable operators across the country.

The panel also criticised the government’s decision to allow Indian films to be shown in movie theatres across the country.

The screening of Indian films in Pakistan was banned after the 1965 war between the two countries. In recent years,Pakistani authorities have allowed the screening of a limited number of Bollywood productions following pressure from distributors and theatre owners,who say Indian films are needed to bring more people to cinema halls.

During a meeting of the Senate committee on Monday,Opposition PML-Q Senator Tariq Azeem called for a ban on Indian TV channels and his suggestion was endorsed by other members.

Azeem said the Indian government had removed books by Pakistani authors from bookstores in the wake of the Mumbai attacks but the Pakistan government had given a free hand to cable operators to broadcast Indian films and serials.

Senator Muhammad Ali Durrani,also of the PML-Q,said cable operators should also stop screening Bollywood movies on their networks.

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