Pakistani Christians are angry as the nation has gone ahead and banned eleven Christian channels which it said were ‘illegal’ and ‘unlicensed’ satellite TV channels and were being aired across the country.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Islamabad asked the general managers to stop the transmission of these channels immediately. The Christian channels banned include:
GOD BLESS TV
JESUS TV (JESSI TV)
Many Pakistani Christians see this as an attempt to push out their TV channels as they do not promote Islamic thoughts. Many Pakistani Christians also wonder that how is it that whether legal or illegal (even those with an extremist twist) Islamic channels are allowed in Pakistan to function while Christian channels get banned.
Pakistani Christians have often complained of the unequal status of the minorities in Pakistan.
The Article 19 of the Pakistani Constitution is particularly the cause of the worry as it specifies that ‘glory of Islam’ and its promotion is necessary.
Article 19 states:
Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, 1[commission of] or incitement to an offence.
Pakistani minorities believe that this part of Constitution is discriminatory and must be amended as it is being abused to keep the minorities from freely enjoying the freedom of religion.
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