Srinagar 18 July: Authorities on Tuesday ordered shut down on 30 Pakistani and Islamic channels in Kashmir Valley.
The directive by the Home Department has branded these channels as banned an ordered sent directions to government of Jammu and Kashmir, “ An order reads as “J&K government, home department, vide Ps/home/2018-60 dated July 2, 2018, has reported that you are telecasting and transmitting unpermitted and banned private satellite channels within Srinagar.”
“It has become necessary and expedient in the larger interest of public and maintenance of peace and tranquillity to prohibit (you) from transmitting non-permitted TV channels (which are not permitted by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting).”
These channels include Peace TV English Peace TV Urdu, ARY QTV, Madni Channel, Noor TV, Hadi TV, Paigam, Hidayat, Saudi Al-Sunnah Al-Nabawiyah, Saudi-Al-Quran Al-Karim, Sehar, Karbala TV, Ahli-biat TV, Message TV, Hum TV, ARY Digital Asia, Hum Sitaray, ARY Zindagi, ARY Musik, TV One, ARY Masala, ARY Zauq, A TV, Geo News, ARY News Asia, Abb Takk News, Waseb TV, 92 News, Duniya News, Samna News, Geo Tez, Express-News, ARY News.
Last year in May, authorities banned some Pakistani and Saudi Arabian channels. At the time, the directive issued by the state Home department had said that these channels had the potential to “incite violence” and “create law and order” situation.
Meanwhile, reacting the government’s move to ban TV channels Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq took to the Twitter wherein he stated, “Bans curbs and gags ! All that they can think of ! Crush and suppress,their magic mantra to manage all issues and problems! Democracy and freedom kis chidya ka Naam hai ?” (KNB)