Islamabad: A Pakistani parliamentary panel called for a ban on advertisements featuring Indian models and suggested that it should be mandatory for female anchors on news channels to cover their heads with a dupatta.
The suggestion was made by the Standing Committee for Information and Broadcasting of the National Assembly or lower house of parliament during a meeting attended by Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira.
Reacting to the panel’s call to ban advertisements featuring Indian models, Kaira said the issue was in court and it would be better to wait for the judiciary’s decision. He agreed with the panel’s members that local culture should be promoted as Pakistan has a rich heritage.
Indian stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Kajol, Shilpa Shetty and Kareena Kapoor appear in advertisements for various products beamed on Pakistani channels.