The Pakistan government has asked radio and television broadcasters to show, on 15 August which is India’s Independence Day, programmes based on the two-nation theory and those focused on alleged Indian atrocities in Kashmir.
This comes against the backdrop of Pakistan announcing severance of all cultural ties with India after it revoked Article 370 that granted special status to Kashmir and also integrated it as part of the country giving it union territory status.
In a circular dated 10 August, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority or PEMRA issued instructions to its media to show solidarity with “brave Kashmiris" on 14 August and such broadcast programmes.
“In observance with solidarity with Kashmir, Eid ul Azha is being celebrated with simplicity as a religious event. Therefore it is requested that no special programmes (already recorded or planned live) be aired on Eid as the same may hurt the sentiments of not only our nation but also of our Kashmiri brethren," says the circular.
“ all the satellite TV channels, FM radio licensees and distribution service operators are requested to air content expressing solidarity with Kashmiris," it says.
India’s Independence Day is to be observed as “Black Day" with the Pakistani national flag at half mast, it says. Programming on Thursday is to focus on Indian atrocities in Kashmir and other parts of the country. News channels are to colour their logos black and white for the day, it adds.
Ties between the two countries have been tense for a while but nosedived further after the Indian parliament revoked Article 370 last week.
Islamabad has been interacting with China and leaders of other countries to pressure India to reverse its decisions. On Saturday Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Islamabad would with Chinese help move a resolution censuring India at the UN Security Council.