India looking to reverse ban on Pakistani TV channels

India may consider beaming of Pak TV channels

Source:- The Times for India and indiantelevision dot com

NEW DELHI: India may consider a proposal by Pakistan for a lift of the ban in telecast of television channels from that country into India.

The assurance was given during the talks in secretary-level talks between the two countries, when Pakistani foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani urged that Pakistan government ( PTV) but also private news and non-news channels be telecast. The Indian side was led by Ranjan Mathai
Jilani said Pakistan had not done anything to prevent all Indian channels being received in Pak homes.

India has assured Pakistan that it will consider a proposal to lift the ban on Pakistani television channels in the country. This was after Pakistani foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani's strong pitch last week proposing India allow transmission of not just Pakistan government ( PTV) but also private channels, both news and non-news. 

Making his point, Jilani said all Indian channels are available in Pakistan and Islamabad has done nothing to impose restrictions on their telecast. During talks between the two countries here last week, Pakistanis told the Indian delegation, led by foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai, that if India wants to spruce up people-to- people contacts, it must allow Pakistani channels into Indian homes. 

Pakistanis recalled popularity of PTV's soaps like Deewarein, Waris and Jungle in the 1980s in India saying current programmes on Pakistani channels have the potential to become as popular.