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India to block Pak radio signals in IHK

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RAJOURI: After imposing ban on airing of Pakistani television channels in Jammu and Kashmir, Government of India (GOI) is contemplating to block the signals of all Pakistan and Muzaffarabad based radio stations in frontier districts of Poonch and Rajouri, authoritative sources told Rising Kashmir. They said that the Defense Ministry has directed All India Radio (AIR) to block all Pakistan and Muzaffarabad based radio signals in Poonch and Rajouri. “Defense Ministry has passed on strict directions to AIR and intelligence agencies to make sure that the radio signals along the Line of Control (LoC) are blocked. Orders in this regard have been issued with the instructions that immediate steps should be taken to implement these orders,” the sources added.

“A five member team of top AIR and intelligence officials landed in Poonch and Rajouri last week to take stock of the situation,” the sources said, adding, “Though the team gave the impression to the district administration that they were here to strengthen AIR signal but they had arrived with the intention of locating nine points near LoC where they will erect the towers to disrupt the Pakistani radio signals,” the sources said, adding, “ The team visited Behram Gala and Pirbadesar areas and identified the locations.”

“Pakistan Radio, Mirpur FM and Tralkhal FM of Muzaffarabad are the most popular radio stations in both these districts and about 80 per cent of the populace listens to the programs aired by these stations. These stations have strong signal in the area,” said a local Fareed Khan. Khan said that most listened programs in the area are Hai Ya Allal Falah and Soutul Quran aired by Radio Pakistan. “These radio stations are popular as most of the programs are aired in local languages – Pahari and Gojri,” he added.

Experts said that if Government of India (GOI) will install towers to block Radio signals it will also disrupt the signals of other Radio stations including that of BBC, Voice of America, Radio AAP Ki Duniya and Voice of Germany. When contacted, District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Rafiq Sheikh confirmed that a team from New Delhi had arrived in the area to take stock of the situation. “The team had come to carry out an inspection to install more AIR towers along LoC in Poonch and Rajouri.”

Sheikh said that all the team members interacted with him about the situation of the area and they talked about the signal of All India Radio. “The team wanted to strengthen the AIR signal.”He remained tightlipped about whether the team was in the town to carry out the survey for blocking the signal of the radio stations functional on the other side.-SANA

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