PTV to launch Kashmir channel in Feb
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Television (PTV) has made all arrangements for its Kashmir Channel and will launch it from Muzaffarabad on February 5.
The government instructed PTV to start a separate TV channel for Azad Jammu and Kashmir last year to highlight Kashmiri culture and problems, said an official. “PTV acquired a portion of the Radio Muzaffarabad building and has bought the latest equipment for Rs 200 million. Installation ia expected to be complete by the end of January,” he said. Sources said President General Pervez Musharraf would inaugurate the channel and address Kashmiris and the Pakistani nation live from the Muzaffarabad TV station. However, he has not confirmed this and if he is unavailable, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali or Federal Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed will perform the inauguration ceremony, he said. PTV prepared its programmes based on Kashmiri culture.
They will focus on refugee issues, news and discussions to counter Indian propaganda, sources said. They added that the Information Ministry wanted to convert the Muzaffarabad television station into a representative channel for Kashmir issues. —Khurram Shahzad