PEMRA not received any order from SC to ban licensing of Indian Satellite TV channels, Senate told

Islamabad: The Senate was informed Wednesday that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has not received any orders from Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding banning on licensing of Indian Satellite TV channels.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira while replying to a question in the Upper House said it is true that some content of Indian channels being aired by private TV channels does not correspond to Islamic principles and values but same is the case of some content even on international news channels.

He said the house should hold debate on defining a code of conduct for airing of foreign content on TV channels. He said no ban on the licensing of Indian channels has been imposed.

Qamar Zaman Kaira said PEMRA has the capacity to monitor fifty channels only and it is not possible for the body to monitor the content of all the channels being aired in Pakistan.

He said private satellite TV are allowed to telecast ten percent of foreign content as per their license terms and conditions.

Information Minister said a private TV channel was showing foreign culture programmes by dubbing these into Urdu. The channel was served notice but it has taken the matter to Supreme Court where it is subjudice. He said if the court orders to take action against the said channel, we will revoke its landing rights.

The Interior Minister told the House in a written reply that in Punjab 9062 cased of dacoity, 55227 of robbery, 98494 of theft and 9 suicide attacks happened.

He said similarly in Sindh 4690 cases of dacoity, 13581 cases of robbery, 7784 of theft and three suicide attacks registered. He said that in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 218 cases of dacoity, 1039 of robbery, 6278 of theft and 97 suicide attacks were registered. The Minister said in Balochistan 7 suicide attack occurred during the last three years.

The House was informed that Pakistan International Airlines has not sent any aircraft abroad for refurbishment.

Minister of State for Defence Sardar Saleem Haider Khan said that PIA has 38 aircraft, of which the maintenance work on 12 is being carried out in Karachi.

To a question, Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour informed the House that Pakistan Railways Advisory and Consultancy Services has completed over 250 projects pertaining to mechanical, civil, electrical and signal engineering disciplines. He said its members are appointed by Chairman Railways.