According to PTI
, all Indian TV channels would be “almost” banned in Pakistan, following Indian government’s decision to broadcast All India Radio (AIR) programs in Balochi language.
In order to do this Pakistan has imposed a cap of less than six percent air-time to Indian television channels and said that this needs new ‘air-time cap’ needs to be imposed maximum by 15 October 2016.
However, news agency ANI claims that Pakistan’s media regulatory authority has banned Indian channels altogether and they are no longer being broadcasted through DTH services.
Meanwhile, even Pakistan’s local channels are facing a crackdown from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as they have received many ‘complaints’ from different TV owners and common citizens.
The Indian government had given its nod to AIR radio broadcaster to include Balochi language among the 14 foreign languages on August 31.
The decision reportedly came just days after Centre boosted the signal capacity of AIR transmission by installing a new transmitter in Jammu and Kashmir.
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On August 15 Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed Balochistan’s issue during his Independence Day speech, for which several Baloch activists had even thanked him and asked him to become “voice of the Baloch people”.