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On Saturday (October 27, 2018), Pakistan's Supreme Court reinstated a ban on airing Indian content on TV channels in the country. The Supreme Court's rule overturns the order passed by the Lahore High Court. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a case filed by the United Producers Association relating to the broadcast of foreign content on Pakistani TV channels in the Supreme Court's Karachi registry. According to a report in Dawn News, the top judge fumed, "They are trying to (obstruct the construction) of our dam and we cannot even ban their channels?"
He ordered the broadcast of Indian shows to be 'shut down' and added that the authorities should only air 'appropriate content'. The chairman of Pakistan Cable Operators Association, Khalid Arain confirmed the verdict, but hit out against the order. Khalid was quoted by AFP as saying, "Ban on the all the Indian content is not the solution, rather we should try to better the quality of Pakistani TV shows."
It has to be recalled that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on local TV and FM radio channels in the year 2016. It was sort of tit-for-tat moves in the entertainment industry, as similar actions were taken by some channels and the entertainment industry in India against Pakistani artists and content.
In 2017, the Lahore High court had lifted a ban on Indian TV shows, as the federal government had no objections regarding the same.