Government mandates all TV channels to show Pakistan map before airing 9pm bulletin

Labourers load sacks of wheat grains onto a truck on International Labour Day at a railway station during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on May 1, 2020. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP)

ISLAMABAD: The government has mandated all TV channels to show daily the Pakistan map before airing the 9pm news bulletin, as per a notification issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

“All the news channels (both public and private) have to flash the political map of Pakistan for 02 seconds before airing the news bulletin at 09:00 pm on regular basis,” read Pemra’s letter, titled ‘Streamlining Correct Use of Pakistan Political Map

In August, Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced the approval of a new political map of Pakistan, which included Indian-occupied Kashmir in its entirety.

The approval was given in a Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Imran earlier during which the participants were apprised of the latest situation in the occupied Muslim-majority region.

Speaking during a live televised address to the nation, the premier had shared the details of the decisions made in the Cabinet meeting. “Today is the most important day in the history that we are presenting a new political map of Pakistan before the world,” he said.

“The cabinet has approved the map,” he said, adding that the Kashmiri and national leadership had also green-signalled it. The new map would now be used in school and colleges as well, he had added.

The final status of “Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir” was to be decided in line with the relevant UNSC resolutions, read the map.