The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), agency of Pakistani government, has issued a notice to stop the transmission of 11 Christian TV Channels. The notice has been issued to all the local general managers for immediate actions, since they have now been termed, “illegal.”
“All Regional General Managers are requested to take necessary measures to stop transmission /relaying of above mentioned illegal TV Channels from Cable TV Networks in the respective regions immediately,” the notice directs.
When Pakistan Christian Post contacted PEMRA Chairman Mr. Absar Alam office in Islamabad to enquire about notices to 11 Christian TV Channels, “No one was picking phone to respond”.
These are the TV Channels shut down: Isaac Tv, Gawahi Tv, God Bless Tv, Barkat Tv, Praise Tv, Zindagi Tv, Shine Tv, Jesus Tv, Healing Tv, Khushkhabari Tv, and Catholic Tv.
“We call for the Christian Federal Minister Kamran Michael to withdraw the notice because it represents an attack on religious freedom”, says Father Mushtaq Anjum quoted by Fides Agency.
Catholic TV founder Father Morris Jalal said: “As citizens, Christians have the right to practice their religion, but if they block you, it means not all citizens are equal. (Express)
Christians make up one of the two largest (non-Muslim) religious minorities in Pakistan, along with Hindus. The total number of Christians in Pakistan were estimated at 2.5 million in 2005, or 1.6% of the population.
Christians experience more violence in Pakistan than almost anywhere else.
The nation’s infamous blasphemy laws continue to be abused to settle personal scores, particularly against minorities including Christians. A pregnant woman and her husband were thrown into the kiln where they worked and burned to death after being accused of blasphemy, orphaning their four children. Two churches in Lahore were bombed, killing 25 people and wounding dozens. An estimated 700 Christian girls and women are abducted every year, and often then raped and forcibly married to Muslims. (Open Doors)
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