Jammu, Nov 9: The government has banned the transmission of Q TV, an Islamic channel, through cable TV network in the Jammu district, sources told News Agency of Kashmir.
The sources said the deputy commissioner Jammu has instructed the local cable TV networks to stop the transmission of Q TV, the only Islamic channel transmitted through the cable networks in Jammu district.
It was learnt that the Deputy Commission has acted upon a complaint filed by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manohar Singh regarding the credentials of the TV channel. Singh was the SP of Special Operations Group (SOG) of police in the Valley for several years.
The officials, however, denied that the channel has been banned. They claimed that the cable operators have only been asked to show the permit for transmission of the Q TV channel.
"The channel has not been banned but we are only ascertaining the factual position about the transmission of the channel without any authority or permission," an official told NAK on the condition of anonymity.
He said that Senior Superintendent of Police Jammu approached the office of DC Jammu office with request to ascertain the transmission of Q TV in Jammu. The DC's office asked the Joint Director Information to verify and furnish the factual position to the Crime Branch regarding the transmission of the channel.
It was learnt that the Joint Director Information Jammu conveyed to the SSP Crime Brach Jammu that the Q TV Channel was being transmitted through the cable TV networks but "it can't be confirmed whether Q TV is transmitted or re-transmitted with proper permission or registration from the concerned authorities."
The Muslims in Jammu are not happy. "It was the only source of Islamic teaching for us in the present times," Tasleema Akhtar, a resident of Trikuta Nagar said adding, "The channel was not only preaching Islam but even peace and universal brotherhood," she said.
Qayoom Ahmed, another local, said that there were numbers of religious channels being transmitted through the cable and banning only Islamic channel was "against the justice, and interference in the religious affairs." (NAK)