It went on: “All TV channels are therefore required to stop airing such content in dramas and produce content in consonance with the socio-cultural norms as per aspirations of Pakistani society.”
It was unclear how much notice television channels would take of the edict. Analysts said it remained to be seen how serious the government was about the issue and Pemra was often seen as toothless.
Sherry Rehman, a leading senator, said: “So basically Pemra only wants cartoon shows for content? What are “sensitive” themes? Women/people talking about their rights to life, education, careers, property?”
In October, Pakistan’s supreme court said it would block Indian content on television after a petition from local producers.
The chief justice reintroduced a ban on popular Indian programmes and accused Pakistan’s neighbour of stealing its water.
“India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan. Why shouldn’t we close their channels?” Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said at the time.