“After taking strong exception to Pakistan’s malicious propaganda via its official mouthpiece in the Kashmir valley, New Delhi had put curbs on cable network operators asking them to suspend airing PTV.”
“In the backdrop of the Amarnath land row, the PTV has intensified its campaign through its special programme ‘Kashmir Cell’,”
Songs like this are everywhere and where is Indian point / answer.. ‘Dekho Yeh Kashmir Hai, Zulm Ki Yeh Tasvir Hai….Bachhe, Buddhey Aur Jawan Sabki Zuban Par Ek Hi Naam Kashmir Banega Pakistan. (This is Kashmir, a picture of repression and atrocities where every individual wants Kashmir valley to go with Pakistan).”
Admitting that PTV’s campaign had been going on since long in the valley, a Doordarshan official on the condition of anonymity said, the Union government should show guts and immediately ban the channel.
However, not going too far down the memory lane the Union information and broadcasting ministry had tried to ban PTV inviting protest demonstrations by cable
network operators in the valley, he said.
But it triggered protests by cable network operators and they had gone on a total black out stopping all other channels as well, he said.
Eventually, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Das Munshi had to succumb before their pressure tactics, he added.
The official expressed regrets that on the one hand union External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the backdrop of Amarnath land row repeatedly asked Pakistan to stay away from meddling in India’s internal affairs but on the other New Delhi has utterly failed to stop neighbouring country from furthering its agenda in Kashmir via the PTV. Furthermore, Pakistan has either banned or “regulated” Indian television channels in its country, the official added.
Source: TRIBUNE INDIA