Pak Channels Banned In Valley

Pak Channels Banned In Valley

21 September 2012
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqut Ali

Srinagar: In what is seen as fallout of the public unrest over the anti-Islam video, Kashmir-based cable operators stopped airing Pakistani channels from Friday on the directions of district magistrate Srinagar. Cable operators said they received an order copy from district magistrate ordering them to suspend airing of several Pakistani channels including Dawn, Geo, Paigam TV and ARY channels in the valley. A senior employee of Take One channel said a senior police official along with other officials visited their Srinagar office Friday afternoon asking them to immediately stop airing Pakistan-based news channels. “The police officer said the order has come from higher authorities,” the employee said, wishing not to be named. He said Take One was also asked to stop airing Aljazeera news channel and ARY Zook which is an Islamic channel. Dy SP Budgam, Aijaz Malik said the orders were already served to the cable operators by district magistrate Srinagar. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Baseer Khan could not be reached for his comments. Banning specific channels is not new in Kashmir. In an earlier instance, authorities banned airing of Iran based news channel Press TV after it reported news of Quran desecration in America in September 2010 which lead to violent protests in some areas of the valley.