Pakistani parliamentary panel seeks to ban on foreign content in prime time

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Pakistani parliamentary panel has asked the government to ban all foreign soaps and TV serials on Pakistani channels in prime time (7pm-10pm). The aim behind this notice is to prevent the airing of soaps and serials from countries like India and Turkey.

The panel further recommended that the government should take strict action against anyone who violates the proposed ban.The Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting of the National Assembly made its recommendation during a meeting which was chaired by Pakistan People’s Party lawmaker Belum Hasnian.

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The meeting was attended by Information Secretary Rasheed Ahmed, PEMRA Chairman Abdul Jabbar, and television actors Qavi Khan, Laila Zuberi and Maria Wasti.

The committee further suggested that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) should strictly monitor television channels and cable operators and take rapid action for violation of rules. It also suggested the government should ban all advertisements of foreign content.

Information Secretary Ahmed agreed with the proposal that foreign serials are leaving negative impact on local culture therefore these serials should be banned.

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Many Pakistani celebrities made protest to ban foreign dramas on Pakistani TV channels. Famous drama actors like Mustafa Qureshi, Qavi, Abid Ali, Bushra Ansari, Faisal Qureshi, Humayun Saeed, Saba Munir, Samina Ahmad, Usman Peerzada, Firdos Jamal, Maria Wasti, Ghulam Muhiuddin, Shaukat Ali, Sardar Kamran, Irfan Mughal, Rashid Mahmood and many others did the protest against the foreign dramas on PTV channel.

0436-272x125Some famous celebrities exchanged their views in the favour of ban in morning shows. No doubt Pakistani dramas are excellent and celebrities are making efforts to make drama industry more progressive. There is no need to pay attention on foreign serials.

Managing Director Pakistan Television (PTV) Yusuf Baig Mirza described to the committee that PTV’s dramas has been popular both inside the country and abroad.

Actor Qavi Khan said it was unfortunate that no steps had been taken to protect Pakistani  film and drama industry.

Famous Pakistani actor, Faisal Qureshi said. These channels are destroying the industry which was growing well. Actor Asif Raza Mir said serious steps should be taken to protect Pakistani drama industry and that foreign serials should be banned as they are damaging Pakistan’s culture and spoiling domestic industry. He suggested that Indian programs on cable television and FM radio channels should be banned as well.