Govt formulating policy to ban Indian content, says Firdous


–SAPM says Bollywood movies won’t be screened in Pakistan

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday said that the government is formulating a policy under which Indian content, including movies and television shows, would not be allowed to be aired or screened in Pakistan.

She said this while talking to the media outside Parliament House on Thursday. Firdous said that no Indian movie would be screened in the country and the government is actively moving to ban all forms of Indian cultural content in the country.

The decision comes in the backdrop of the rising tensions between Pakistan and India after the latter revoked Article 370 of Indian constitution, thus suspending the special status granted to Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) until the dispute is resolved bilaterally.

It is worth mentioning that a similar move was seen earlier this year when tensions between the both countries escalated after the Pulawama incident. Fawad Chaudhry, who was the information minister at the time, had instructed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ban Indian content, including advertisements on Pakistani channels.

This move could also been in light of Pakistan’s recent decision to downgrade its diplomatic relations with India.