The Jammu and Kashmir government has instructed local cable operators in the Valley to immediately shut down over 30 non-permitted satellite channels.  

The channels, including Pakistani channels GEO, ARY, QTV, and Peace TV, were shut down in the larger interest of public and maintenance of peace and tranquillity.

The order comes days after the government banned 22 social media sites in Kashmir, stating that anti-nationals were spreading objectionable information through these platforms.

An order issued by the additional district commissioner, Srinagar, dated 12 July, was sent to all heads of cable operators in Srinagar.

“Jammu and Kashmir government, home department, vide Ps/home/2018-60 dated 2 July, 2018 has reported that you are telecasting and transmitting unpermitted and banned private satellite channels within Srinagar,” the order read.

It also mentioned, “It has become necessary and expedient in the larger interest of public and maintenance of peace and tranquillity to prohibit (you) from transmitting non-permitted TV channels (which are not permitted by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting).”

The order also stated that by exercising powers conferred by section 19 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995, the local cable operators "are hereby directed to immediately stop telecasting/transmitting non-permitted TV channels/banned private satellite channels within three days”.

The cable operators also have been asked to furnish the notarised affidavit before the additional district magistrate, Srinagar. In case the cable operators fail to submit the affidavit, “action under the provision of CTN (regulation) Act, 1995 will be taken against you”, the order said.

List of banned channels

Peace TV English
Peace TV Urdu
Madni Channel
Noor TV
Hadi TV
Saudi Al-Sunnah Al-Nabawiyah
Saudi-Al-Quran Al-Karim
Sehar, Karbala TV
Ahli-biat TV
Message TV
Hum TV
ARY Digital Asia
Hum Sitaray
ARY Zindagi
ARY Musik
TV One
ARY Masala
ARY Zauq
Geo News
ARY News Asia
Abb Takk News
Waseb TV
92 News
Duniya News
Samna News
Geo Tez
ARY News

Meanwhile, cable operators of the Valley have called for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

“We have been told to shut down the broadcast of 30 satellite channels. This order is unwarranted and uncalled for. We might shut down the cable services if this order is not revoked,” said a cable operator from Srinagar.

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