As per media reports, after 48 hours of India’s movie industry body, who have banned Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India, Pakistan today, banned all the Indian television channel’s broadcast in Pakistan.
Strict action would be taken if TV channels and distribution networks failed to implement the ban after October 15. The notice was given by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to the Pakistani TV channels and distribution networks. There has been has complaints that several local private channels were showing Indian shows without permission.
“The complaints have shown serious concerns on this issue (illegal Indian contents) in the wake of current situation between India and Pakistan,” PEMRA said.
This resolution by PEMRA came into practice after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors and technicians from working in India until relations between the two countries returned to normal post September 19 terror attacks in Uri.
In reaction with the ban, Pakistani cinemas have already stopped screening Indian films. Nadeem Mandviwalla, whose Mandviwalla Entertainment runs eight cinemas in Karachi and in the capital, Islamabad, told Reuters on Friday that the ban in Pakistan was in response to the IMPPA ban.
“We have stopped screening Indian movies at our cinemas from Friday till the situation improves and normalcy returns,” said Mandviwalla.