Until recently, Lahore High Court had allowed broadcasting of Indian content on local TV channels. However, since receiving a petition from the United Producers Association (UPA), the Supreme Court has banned Indian content once again.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar commented about how India is attempting to hinder our dam’s construction and yet we cannot even ban their content.
This is not a complete ban on foreign content however. The Chief Justice ordered the ‘shut down’ of the transmission of Indian shows. He asked them to only air proper, suitable content.
Several Pakistani celebrities came to protest outside the Supreme Court for this ban to be placed. Among them were famous actors like Faysal Qureshi, Samina Ahmed, and Adnan Siddiqui.
In October 2016, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned transmission of all Indian content. This had been for both local TV and radio channels.
India had responded to that by then banning all Pakistani content in their country as well. Relations between the two had been turning extremely sour at that time following the Uri attack .
The Lahore High Court (LHC) had then removed the band and limited it to merely unsuitable or anti-Pakistan Indian content.
PEMRA had been the only one backing that ban since the Federal government had had no problem with Indian content.