NEW DELHI: The Pakistan government has asked local radio and television broadcasters to air programmes based on the two-nation theory, focussing on alleged Indian atrocities in Kashmir, on 15 August, India’s Independence Day.
This follow’s Pakistan’s decision to sever all cultural ties with India, after New Delhi abrogated Article 370, which had granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two Union territories, J&K and Ladakh.
In a circular dated 10 August, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, or PEMRA, instructed the local media to show solidarity with the “brave Kashmiris" on 14 August.
“In observance with solidarity with Kashmir, Eid ul Azha is being celebrated with simplicity as a religious event. Therefore, it is requested that no special programmes (already recorded or planned live) be aired on Eid as the same may hurt the sentiments of not only our nation, but also of our Kashmiri brethren," said the circular.
“All the satellite TV channels, FM radio licensees and distribution service operators are requested to air content expressing solidarity with Kashmiris," it said, adding that India’s Independence Day is to be observed as “Black Day" with the Pakistani national flag at half mast.
Programming on Thursday has to focus on Indian atrocities in Kashmir and other parts of the country. News channels are to display their logos in black and white for the day, it further stated.
Ties between the two countries had been tense for a while, but worsened further after the Indian Parliament revoked Article 370 last week.
Islamabad has been interacting with China and leaders of other countries to pressurize India to reverse its decision. On Saturday, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said with China’s help, Islamabad will move a resolution censuring India at the UN Security Council.