Pakistan's top court has reinstated a ban on the broadcast of Indian TV content following a petition from local producers.
Pakistan's Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the verdict, overturning a lower court ruling last year that had lifted the 2016 ban on airing Indian content on TV or FM radio. The regulatory body for electronic media says the court's order was implemented immediately. Earlier this year, India banned performances by Pakistani artists and some Indian stations have stopped airing Pakistani content. Indian producers have called for a comprehensive ban on Pakistani content and Hindu extremists have threatened to attack cinemas showing films featuring Pakistani artists.
"India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan," Mr Nisar reportedly said, as he overturned an earlier verdict by the Lahore High Court. "Why shouldn't we close their channels?"
Previously, when Karan Johar's 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' was set to release in the theatres back in 2016, it led to a furore amongst the distributors and exhibitors as Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) imposed a ban on the Pakistani artists working in the Indian film industry. The ban came about two years ago when Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan's films created turbulence on both sides of the border for artists. Early this year, the president of IMPPA, TP Aggarwal talked to ANI about the matter and said that the organisation had opposed the paying of Rs 5 crore to Pakistani artist Fawad Khan for a Karan Johar movie. He further claimed that the IMPPA is against the view of allowing Pak artists in Bollywood. While IMPPA is yet to remove the ban, this latest ban on the Indian television content in Pakistan is reportedly over clashes between the two countries. "Pakistan is concerned that India will siphon off too much water and leave farmers parched," reports a Pak news portal.
India and Pakistan, two nuclear-armed rivals, have fought three wars since gaining independence from British rule in 1947.
(With Inputs From Associated Press)
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