Pakistan bans two Afghan TV channels
ISLAMABAD, March 17, 2006: Pakistan has banned two Afghan television channels from being carried by cable networks in the country on the grounds that they have not obtained broadcast rights, an official said on Thursday March 16.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has asked all cable operators to immediately stop relaying the Kabul-based Ariana and Tolo television channels, a Pemra official told AFP. “Ariana and Tolo have been banned with immediate effect for the reason that they have not obtained landing rights in Pakistan,” the official said. The two channels are mainly watched by Pakhtoons in Quetta and the NWFP bordering Afghanistan. The ban comes amid recent tensions between the two countries over militants, who, the Afghan government says, are launching attacks in Afghanistan from bases across the border in Pakistan.
Source: The News