LAHORE No broadcast licence could be granted to someone who is not a Pakistani citizen, the Lahore High Court heard on Thursday. The entry of foreigners in the field of communication was a subject of extreme security matter for Pakistan. The Pemra Ordinance 2002 clearly says that it is a mandatory condition that no licence may be issued in Pakistan, be it for broadcast, landing rights or cable operations, to any entity owned by the foreigners or controlled by the foreigners from outside, the counsel further informed the learned court. The Lahore High Court later ordered the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting and managing director of the Pakistan Television to submit their reply on November 24 regarding a deal between the PTV and Indian channel Zee TV to show cricket matches, including the Premier League fixes. The petitioner Muhammad Aslams counsel earlier informed the court during the proceedings that according to the deal, the Indian group would acquire exclusive rights to show subsidiary Ten Sports whereas the Pakistani players were not allowed to participate in Indian Premier League. The other Pakistani channels were not granted license of broadcasting their programmes. The counsel further told the court of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed that PTV MD Yousaf Baig Mirza had been an employee of Indias Zee Group. He stated that in connection with Section 25 of the Pemra Ordinance, a licence could not be granted to someone who was not a Pakistani citizen, or any foreign company. He submitted that change and U-turn of policy should have been in accordance with the national interests. He requested the court that dubious and uncertain move of PTV by joint venture project to Zee media group of India might be stopped and all memorandum of understanding be disclosed prior to reaching any final disposal of instant writ petition, and government should also be directed not to issue license to Indian channels.