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    No more Indian films, cable channels in NWFP.

    Authorities in North West Frontier province today banned cable television in another apparent move to appease Islamic fundamentalists snapping at the military government's heels. "I order the closure of cable television networks in the province from today," provincial governor Mohammad Shafique told an Islamic gathering in Peshawar. Most of the cable channels broadcast Indian channels like ZeeTV,NDTV, Doordarshan, MTV-India, Sony-TV which are very popular in Pakistan. NWFP has also ordered closing of all video stores that rent Indian films and casettes.

    #2
    A step in the right direction for Pakistan. All this never was helping anyways.

    One bad habbit down and several to go.

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      #3
      Good riddance! We should have more Pashto films in Pakistan?

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        #4
        Good way to control people, so that they only know what government or clergy wants them to know. I feel sorry for the people who have live under such control.

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          #5
          i think this will encourage indians to create clean Islamic movies. Imagine Shahrukh khan, hrithik roshan and co sporting the beard of the proper length (every week a maulana will visit them and check the length of beard and cut it if necesary), all dances, including cabarettes done in a burqa and so on.

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            #6
            Rani, you should learn to tolerate other people's way of life. NWFP of Pakistan is very tribal and they are very protective of their customs and values.

            >>Good way to control people, so that they only know what government or clergy wants them to know. I feel sorry for the people who have live under such control.

            Nobody can control those people. If they don't want to watch Indian propaganda it is by choice and not through force.

            Shouldn't we respect other people's different opinions? If for instance you enjoy late night porn (for example)on the US cable channels, I may not agree with your taste but after all, you are in the US which has different censorship laws to Britain for example. So why does it bug you if NWFP doesn't want to watch Zee TV?

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              #7
              If NWFP doesnt want to watch, there is no need for breaking televison sets. Even from Afghanistan, there are reports of people hiding TV sets and see it at nights in basement or like.

              If ppl dont want to watch, they wont. You dont have to police

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                #8
                Free satellite dishes will be given to all residents of NWFP with access to worldwide broadcast networks.

                On a serious note, the Cable Industry in Pakistan is regulated by the Federal Communication Commission. NWFP first must get Federal approval to take such a radical step, unless it is an indication of things to come, i.e., Separation from Pakistan and a Union with Afghanistan.

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                  #9
                  the ban has come from governor's office which of course represents Fed in the province.

                  [This message has been edited by KK (edited June 21, 2000).]

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                    #10
                    so order comes from fed. but why indian movies channels are dangerous in NWFP and not other provinces.

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                      #11
                      Hey, I want Indian (hindi) movies to be banned in India too !!

                      More seriously, the Indian Govt. banned the PTV and blocked the DAWN on the Internet during the kargil conflict.So it works bothways.
                      Its another matter that even a channel like DD would be preferable anyday to the shoddy programs shown on PTV.So Indians r not seeing PTV anyway except for amusement value .

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                        #12
                        http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/art...2000Jun21.html

                        This is the reason Indian channels are banned in Pakistan's NWFP because they spread obscenity and dirt. Indian channels impose other culture on people of Pakistan.
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                        We have proof that these organizations are promoting specific causes," said Maulana Fazlur Rahman Khalil, an Islamic leader, in a recent interview with a Pakistani newspaper. If women are allowed to work and travel, he said, "it destroys our system, our families. Fathers suspect daughters. Husbands suspect wives." In Europe, he asserted, women are "ruined in the name of freedom" and "change husbands every night."


                        Rahman said also that he opposes the proliferation of satellite dishes in Pakistan, because they spread "obscenity and dirt, which is being promoted by the Western world. . . . I say don't impose the culture of others on my people." In some areas of Pakistan, Islamic activists have destroyed satellite dishes and cable TV operations.


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                          #13
                          NWFP Govt bans Cable, Indian Movies, and Dish!
                          That's amazing!
                          I mean the Fedral Govt has regulated cable, and yes, NWFP is no exception, its amazing what these mullah's are doing. If this continues, I'll just love to quit NWFP and go on and live some where else, out of these mullah's hands!
                          Actually people should be given freedom....
                          I'm a firm believer of freedom. And if this is true, then I don't think its a good step from the NWFP Govt.

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                            #14
                            Pakistanis may become Secular by watching Indian channels.

                            "The miseries confronted the Muslim world are due to not practising Islam in its true sense," Provincial governor Muhammad Shafiq said.

                            Earlier the local administration cut the services of eight cable operators and sealed their offices in Peshawar's fashionable Hayatabad district.

                            The move came as leaders of some religious groups accused cable operators relaying foreign television channels, of promoting "obscenity and immorality."

                            Cable services would inject "secular tendencies" among the country's youth, they said.


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                              #15
                              >>If women are allowed to work and travel, he said, "it destroys our system, our families<<

                              I think system only works if women are kept as slaves. It is hilarious and very pathetic to see NWFP men afraid of loosing their slave. So glad India and Pakistan are not one country.

                              [This message has been edited by Rani (edited June 22, 2000).]

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