National Assembly passes resolution against obscenity on TV channels
By: Muhammad Anis
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution expressing serious concern over the broadcasting of illegal foreign channels through cable network, the growing trends of obscenity and indecency through local channels and the unchecked flow of blasphemous and vulgar material through the internet into Pakistan in violation of the Constitution and the relevant laws.
The resolution, moved by the PML-N appreciated that the Pakistani media itself has initiated a debate on the issues of illegal foreign channels and obscenity while the Supreme Court has also taken suo moto notice of the same.
The House also resolved to protect Pakistan’s social and religious values in line with the teachings of Islam and the Constitution of Pakistan. The National Assembly called upon the government to direct the concerned authorities including Pemra and PTA to strictly implement the laws for the positive use of electronic media and internet.
The House also authorised the Speaker National Assembly to constitute, in consultation with the Senate chairman, a parliamentary committee with the mandate to formulate a comprehensive policy in this regard with inputs from all the stakeholders including the media, to ensure that Pakistani society remains secure from the menace of obscenity and vulgarity.