Hug Scenes, Indecent Dressing Banned On Pakistan TV Channels

Islamabad: Pakistan has banned objectionable content like caressing and hug scenes from its television channels as they disrespect Islamic culture.

In an order issued on Friday, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has asked local TV channels to censor such content from its programmes after receiving several complaints.

The banned list includes “indecent dressing, caressing, bed scenes and gestures, sensitive or controversial plots and unnecessary detailing of events which are highly disturbing, distressing for the viewers and against the commonly accepted standards of decency,” stated the order.

According to the authorities, they are not only receiving complaints from general public but are also facing flak on social media including WhatsApp groups.

“A considerable stratum of the society believes that dramas are not depicting the true picture of Pakistani society. Hugs/caress scenes/extramarital relations, vulgar/bold dressing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couple are being glamourised in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society,” the order said.

“All satellite TV licensees are required to stop airing such content in dramas, henceforth, and ensure compliance of PEMRA laws in letter and spirit,” it added.

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