ISLAMABAD - The Senate body on Information and Broadcast has recommended PEMRA to review the government directive that allows broadcast of foreign content on TV channels.

The body also grilled PEMRA Chairman Ch Rasheed for unnecessary delay in enforcement of PEMRA code of conduct.

A meeting of the Senate standing committee on Information and Broadcast held here on Tuesday expressed annoyance over the excess of foreign content on TV channels and said that excess of obscene material is leaving bad effects on our coming generations.

Through this, positive things about Muslim culture are presented in a negative way.

Chairman Senator Kamil Ali Aagha said: “Our children are going under the influence of Indian language and while speaking they use words used in Indian dramas which is alarming for all of us.” He asked the PEMRA chairman to stop such content immediately.

The PEMRA Chairman apprised the committee that thorough a policy directive issued in 2006 ten percent foreign content was allowed on TV channels in which six percent was allowed from Indian channels.

Minister for Information and Broadcast Pervez Rashid and the PEMRA chairman proposed to amend the directive to stop the foreign content on TV channels which was appreciated by the senators.

Pervez Rashid said that PEMRA will amend that directive and present it to the committee for its positive input. After removing all flaws, this law would be implemented.  Senator Robina Khalid pointed out “our channels are missing children and educational programmes; our children becoming addict to dramas where hypocrisy is presented.”

The legislative body resented the unnecessary delay in the enforcement of code of conduct for channels and directed the PEMRA chairman to take steps in this regard and give report to the committee within a week. The committee said prepare the draft of the code of conduct within a week and share it with Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA). After their input, enforce it immediately, the committee said.