Cabinet prohibits IPL broadcasting in Pakistan, says Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday the federal cabinet had banned broadcasting of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Pakistan and political conflicts should not impact sports and culture.

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Addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting, the Info Minister said, “we saw the attitude that [India] maintained against Pakistani citizens, actors, artists and cricketers.” Referencing to the wearing of military caps by the Indian players prior to a recent match against Australia, he said that act was “the limit” for Pakistan.

The Info Minister said India tried to harm Pakistan cricket as the Indian broadcaster opted to discontinue broadcast of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the middle of the tournament. “It doesn’t make sense for us to allow an Indian domestic tournament to be promoted here,” he said.

He said following the cabinet’s approval, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) will ensure that IPL matches won’t broadcast in Pakistan.

Addressing the political backlash against the changing the name of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Info Minister said the government was not changing the name of the nation’s leading welfare and social security net program of its kind.

The Info Minister said the government was taking various steps for poverty elimination. He said several new initiatives are being launched under Ehsaas programme, while a programme named Kifalat is being launched for the poor. He further announced inauguration of the ‘Sasta Ghar Scheme.’

He said Ijaz Shah had formally taken oath as a parliamentary minister. He further announced Arshad Malik to be the new CEO of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Shams Uddin will be the new Chairperson of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

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