Why PEMRA Imposed Immediate Ban On Pakistani Drama ‘Jalan’

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned the telecast of the ongoing drama serial Jalan this week after numerous complaints regarding it. Why? PEMRA said it was showing ‘indecent content.’

Earlier, PERMA directed ARY Digital and the makers of Jalan to review its content and script. As well as modify it in accordance with Pakistani values.The plot of Jalan revolves around an illicit affair between a man and his sister-in-law. It has drawn plenty of hate and outrage on social media ever since it began airing in June.

In a press release, the media regulatory body said it had been getting multiple complaints. Regarding the drama, its content, and script through the Pakistan Citizens Portal, PEMRA social media accounts, and PEMRA call centers.

In the notice issued by PEMRA on 10 September, they said that Jalan did not align with the cultural and societal values of the country. The notice went on to add that the serial went against the ethics and morals of Pakistan.The statement further said the regulatory body had given repeated warnings to the channel earlier as well to revise the content of the aforementioned show.

However, since no changes were made and the warnings fell on deaf ears, they banned the show under Section 27 of the PERMA Ordinance.

The ban cited as a result of the complaints received by the regulatory authority from the viewers for indecent content. Jalan stars Minal, Emaad, and Areeba Habib in lead roles.

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