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High Court petition challenges alleged JV between PTV and Zee

A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court requesting it prevents a reported joint venture between Pakistan Television (PTV) and India's Zee media goup, according to The Express Tribune.

The petitioner, Mian Muhammad Aslam, reportedly claims that PTV has finalised a US$35-$45 million deal with Zee. Through the tie-up PTV would, according to the petition, help Zee's subsidiary Ten Sports, acquire broadcast rights to events held in Pakistan.

Aslam, through his counsel Saeed Zafar, noted Pakistani TV channels were not allowed to broadcast in India, and Pakistani cricketers were not eligible to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) twenty20 tournament, said the newspaper.

He reportedly stated that Yousaf Biag Mirza, managing director of PTV, was a former employee of Zee. He added that allowing foreign ownership of media groups in Pakistan could have security repercussions.

The petition calls for disclosure of any agreement forged by the two broadcasters, the joint venture to be stopped, and for PTV's managing director to be replaced.

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