By AREEBA FALAK | NEW DELHI | SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mention of Pakistan’s human rights violations in Balochistan in his Independence Day speech, public broadcaster All India Radio’s (AIR) show in Balochi language, which is said to be “one of the worst managed” overseas transmissions in the division, is set for a major overhaul. The public broadcaster is keenly looking to recruit more Balochi-speaking people who can help improve the quality of its show in Balochi language.
Three siblings, born in Quetta, have been anchoring the service for 13 years.
The decision reportedly taken by the Centre to start a Baloch radio service on All India Radio (AIR) has spooked the public service broadcaster.
After a flurry of unsourced tweets that followed the announcement, officials from AIR denied the announcement. Meanwhile there were reports that Pakistan’s regulatory authority, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), had banned Indian channels aired on DTH services.
A brutal crackdown seems to have taken place in Pakistan’s disturbed border province of Balochistan after Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the human rights violations there in his 15 August Independence Day address.
The toll of dead and missing people has witnessed a sharp surge, with at least 67 dead and over 150 reported missing in August alone, local activists and multiple well-informed sources with access to inside information have averred.
A day after India gave its nod to All India Radio (AIR) to broadcast programmes in Balochi language, Pakistan has hit back by imposing a cap of less than six percent air-time to telecast Indian television channels from 15 October,2016, reported PTI.
However, ANI and Times Now reported that according to Pakistan media, the country’s electronic media regulatory authority has banned Indian channels airing through DTH services.