LHC allows TV channels to air Indian movies

Dawood Rehman 06:47 PM | 14 Feb, 2017
LHC allows TV channels to air Indian movies
LAHORE - Private television channels, having valid licences, can now show Indian movies as per the terms of their agreements with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority.

On Tuesday Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued a written order of a hearing last week following a petition by M/s Leo Communication and others challenging the ban on the broadcast of Indian content on the televisions.

M/S Leo Communication had filed the petition assailing a circular issued by Pemra on Oct 19, 2016, for being ultra vires of the authority’s rules and the Constitution. In 2010, it was granted a 15-year licence by Pemra to operate a cable channel, “Filmazia”.

The petitioner-company maintained the government was indulging in “selective patriotism” as Indian movies had been allowed to be screened all over the country but not on television.

CJ Shah granted the permission in the light of Pemra’s report that states “television channels are allowed to air Indian films as per clause 7.2 (ii) of Licence to Establish and Operate Satellite TV Broadcast Channel Station.”

A Pemra’s counsel had contended that the permission would be subject to terms and conditions of the licence under the Pemra Ordinance, 2002.

The Chief Justice will resume further hearing on March 2.

The LHC order comes hours after a suicide bomber struck outside Punjab Assembly, killing 16 people and injuring over 85 others. Tempers have been running high since Monday evening as the blast caused the brutal death of city’s top traffic cops – DIG Ahmad Mobin Syed, and Zahid Ikram Gondal.

Many are grilling the government for ‘taking security threats lightly’, while the ministers are blaming the protesters for being there and becoming the targets themselves. But omajority of people are also wary of a India-Afghanistan nexus that is being blamed for sponsoring and orchestrating such terror attacks in Pakistan.

However, despite all the anti-India sentiments in the country, Bollywood movies are popular and already being screened in Pakistan.

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had approved policy recommendations on screening of Bollywood movies and other foreign content.

In view of the financial crisis on the Pakistani film industry because of an unofficial ban on Indian films post-Uri attack, the prime minister had constituted a committee mandated to present policy recommendations on the issue.

After the PM’s approval, several Indian movies like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Pink, and Banjo were allowed to screen in Pakistani cinemas.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs199,500 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs171,040.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Karachi PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Islamabad PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Peshawar PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Quetta PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Sialkot PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Attock PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Gujranwala PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Jehlum PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Multan PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Bahawalpur PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Gujrat PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Nawabshah PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Chakwal PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Hyderabad PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Nowshehra PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Sargodha PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Faisalabad PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340
Mirpur PKR 199,500 PKR 2,340


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