Thursday April 25, 2019

Pakistan partially lifts ‘Ban’ on the broadcast of Birth Control ads

Pakistan's population is growing by around 1.8 per cent a year and is estimated to reach 240 million in year 2030

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Contraceptives. Image source:Wikipedia

Pakistan has banned advertisements of contraceptive products on television and radio. But, a recent report says, Pakistan’s broadcasting regulator has partially lifted the ban on advertising contraceptive products on radio and television.

The motto behind this ban is to reduce exposure of sexual contents among inquisitive children.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said, “it was acting in response to complaints from parents and its ban covered all contraceptive, birth control, and family planning products.”

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Image source: pakistantoday.com.pk
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Image source: pakistantoday.com.pk

The general public is very much concerned about the exposure of such products to children. Pakistan is a conservative Muslim country which is a home to nearly 190 million people. Talking about sex in public in Pakistan is taboo.

Pakistan population is growing by around 1.8 % per year. It is estimated that it will reach 240 million in the year 2030. This is a government initiative to encourage birth control in Pakistan.

The regulatory body has warned media organisations that legal actions would be taken if they fail to follow their directives. Advertisements of condoms and other birth control methods are also very rare in Pakistan.

The notice by PERMA Image source: pakistantoday.com
The notice by PERMA Image source: pakistantoday.com

United Nations data show that due to insufficient use of contraceptives nearly 2800 people have died of diseases like HIV/AIDS in Pakistan.

The government further said “Reduction in population growth is one of the top priorities of the government of Pakistan to maintain a balance between country’s resources and population.

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-by Pritam

Pritam is pursuing engineering and is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter handle: @pritam_gogreen

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Stressing that "no third country" could harm Iran-Pakistan ties, an apparent reference to the United States, Rohani said Tehran was ready to boost trade and business ties with Islamabad.

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Iranian President Hassan Rohani (left) and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan reviewing an honor guard in Tehran on April 22. RFERL

Iranian President Hassan Rohani and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan have agreed to set up a joint border “reaction force” to counter terrorism, Iranian state media reported.

“We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism,” Rohani was quoted as saying on April 22 during a joint press conference with Khan, who was officially welcomed in the Iranian capital earlier in the day.

The announcement comes following tensions between the two countries who have in recent months accused each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.

“Pakistan will not allow any militant group to operate” from its soil, Khan said at the press conference while adding that the problem of terrorism was “increasing differences” between both countries.

“So it was very important for me to come here and come with our security chief that we resolve this issue,” Khan said.

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The visit comes a day after Pakistan asked Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 Pakistani soldiers earlier this month. Pixabay

Citing a militant attack on Pakistani security forces in Baluchistan on April 18, he said, Pakistan’s security chief will be meeting his Iranian counterpart on April 22 to discuss how both countries can cooperate in not allowing their soil to be used by militant groups.

Stressing that “no third country” could harm Iran-Pakistan ties, an apparent reference to the United States, Rohani said Tehran was ready to boost trade and business ties with Islamabad.

For his part, Khan said his visit to Tehran aimed to “find ways to increase trade and cooperation…in energy and other areas,” noting that two-way trade was “very limited.”

Khan arrived in Iran on April 21 on his first official visit to the Islamic republic for talks set to focus on strengthening bilateral ties, “fighting terrorism, and safeguarding borders,” Iranian state media reported.

The two countries have in recent months accused each other of not doing enough to stamp out militants allegedly sheltering across the border.

The two-day trip started with a stopover in the holy city of Mashhad, where Khan visited the shrine of Imam Reza, who is revered by Shi’ite Muslims.

The visit comes a day after Pakistan asked Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 Pakistani soldiers earlier this month.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on April 20 that 15 gunmen wearing military uniforms ambushed a bus in southwestern Balochistan Province on April 18, killing 14 Pakistani Army personnel.

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“We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism,” Rohani was quoted as saying on April 22 during a joint press conference with Khan, who was officially welcomed in the Iranian capital earlier in the day. Pixabay

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a letter to the Iranian government that the assailants came from an alliance of three Baluch terrorist organizations based in Iran.

Qureshi told reporters that Khan would take up the matter with Iranian authorities.

Earlier this year, Iran called on Pakistan to take action against a militant group behind a deadly attack on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Twenty-seven IRGC members were killed in the February suicide car bombing near the border with Pakistan.

The Sunni Muslim extremist group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack in southeastern Iran. (RFERL)