Pakistan to block Indian content on TV and radio as tension simmers


Pakistan will ban all Indian content on television and radio channels from Friday, its media regulator said, stepping up media tit-for-tat bans that followed a spike in tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The blanket ban drew immediate criticism from viewers and cable operators in Pakistan, a nation of 190 million people where Indian soap operas and Bollywood’s elaborate song-and-dance sequences are wildly popular. Despite being bitter foes, Pakistan and India have deep cultural similarities dating back to before their separation at the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Tension has been high since an Indian security force crackdown on…

You do not have access to this content. You need to subscribe.