Srinagar: The state government has asked the cable operators to pull down 34 Pakistani and Islamic TV channels including cooking, sports and music channels in the Valley.
An order issued by state home department to district commissioners in Kashmir said the channels transmitted by cable operators have “potential to incite violence”.
“It needs being noted that transmission of non-permitted TV channels apart from attracting the violation (of the law), has the potential to encourage or incite violence and create law and order disturbances in the Kashmir Valley,” said the order issued by principal secretary,Home Department R K Goyal.
He asked the deputy commissioners to seize the equipment of cable operators who were found violating the I&B ministry directives. He said the transmission of non-permitted TV channels by the cable operators attracts violation of the Cable TV Networks Regulation Rules.
“As per Section 11 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, the district magistrate has the power to seize the equipment in case of a violation,” the order reads.
The 34 channels including Pakistani news channels like Peace TV Urdu, English, 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, PTV Sports, 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 and ARY News.