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Cable Television banned in NWFP

PESHAWAR- The NWFP government has banned Cable Television Networks throughout the province.

Lt General (retd) Muhammad Shafiq, governor NWFP, ordered the ban while addressing a selected gathering at a Seerat-un-Nabi conference at Frontier House. “I order the closure of Cables Television Network in the province from today. 1 will just issue the orders,” was the short order issued by the governor.

Interestingly, the case of cables television networks is already subjudice in the Peshawar High Court. Later, an official statement said, “The governor, in reply to a demand, said he would issue orders to stop functioning of TV Cable system throughout the province.”

The governor’s order followed the speeches of several religious scholars terming the networks as an “evil” spreading obscenity and vulgarity in the Frontier province. “We need scientists and scholars not actors and dancers,” was how Maulana Hasan Jan, a former MNA and head of the famous religious seminary at the provincial metropolis, criticised the Networks.

Earlier this month, the administration fearing law and order situation in the wake of Ulema’s resentment through an order sealed the networks of six cables operators in the posh Hayatabad township. The owners of the networks approached the Peshawar High Court and filed two identical writ petitions challenging the legality of the decision. All the cable operators were authorised and licenced by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in May this year.

The decision would directly affect thousands of families who had obtained connections from these operators, besides at stake is the millions of dollars of investment of an overseas Pakistani.

Zikria Khan, who has invested $ 3000, 000 in his cable TV network, reacting to the decision said, “We have been left high and dry. I fail to understand why has this been done.”

Source: The News