The Chief Justice had made the remarks while hearing an appeal filed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) against a high court’s decision to ban the broadcast of Indian content on TV channels in Pakistan.
Pemra informed the three-member bench, led by the chief justice, that foreign content had been banned on court orders before a high court issued a stay order against it. Saleem Baig, the chairman of the Pemra, told the court that 65 per cent of the content shown on Filmazia channel is foreign and that the number at times goes as high as 80 per cent, the paper said.
The CJP said: “We will not allow Indian content to be aired on (Pakistani) channels”. Pemra counsel informed the chief justice that “Filmazia is not a news channel but is an entertainment channel; it does not do any propaganda.”
He added: “It is, however, damaging our culture,” the top judge replied. Nisar observed that the Pakistan Broadcasters Association’s counsel Faisal Siddiqui was not present in the court. “We cannot pass a judgment without hearing him.”