Tax imposed on Foreign Dramas and Movies in Pakistan

After the budget been passed by the PML-N government yesterday, while half of the country is still shocked to have the worst budget ever, there is  one clause in the budget 2013 that is appreciated by the people affiliated to the entertainment industry of Pakistan. The government has placed an additional tax on the import of all foreign content which was promoted previously within the country, including the airing of Foreign dramas( The Turkish and the Indian) drama  serials and the foreign movies(Hollywood and Bollywood, both).

This is strange that even the salaries of the government employees have not increased and the General Sales Tax (GST) has also increased on the purchase of every product. Taking full advantage of the hype been created by the Local entertainment industry, the government took a move where every channels will have to pay a tax of Rs.100,000 per episode of the foreign drama going on-air. Similarly, the Cinemas are now bound to pay a tax of 1 Million for showing any foreign content in Cinemas, meaning a total loss if the movie doesn’t receives a good response from the audience. Moreover, the cinemas would increase the ticket fee, making the citizens suffer directly or indirectly.


The foreign Dramas, however, did face a lot of criticism where many celebrities considered the airing of Turkish Dramas as a threat to the local talent few months back but despite of long protests and wild talk shows, nothing was seen been practically implemented. With the budget been proposed by this new government, It is expected that foreign dramas will significantly decrease. 

Share your views about this move taken by the government only!


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    • The step is not taken by PEMRA brother, it is the Government which has enforce this tax over the import of foreign content and letting it go On-air!

      • thanks for correction, yes but I think it is a good move by government, they should impose tax not on foreign dramas, but award shows, reality shows like big boss, talk shows like coffee with karan and dance reality shows and also on indian films onaired on Pakistani channels.

        If it is done many entertainment channels perhaps has to go out of business GEO tv the number 1 broadcaster of indian content will be heavily taxed.

  • InshaAllah this new tax increase will work and instead of wasting our time watching shows like Fatima Gul, Manahil aur Khalil, we will watch our own Pakistani dramas!

  • By imposing the tax, they have in a way accepted and legalised foriegn dramas. So I think Turkish dramas are here for awhile, and channels will buy them as long as they stay popular.
    So it's not really a good news for those who oppose foriegn stuff.

  • only like this Tax gud step we want to watch Pakistani dramas on tv Not Turkish hate Turkish serials

  • Only tax of eik Laakh ???? Oh come on … The channels will not even feel a pinch , as they would increase the advertisement rate, the advertised items would be increased in price and the public would pay more for the shampoo or the SIM card, or sharbat, aur milk or yada yada yada ….. There should have been tax and quota system that a channel can only show 1 foriegn item a day ,if they are so desperate to show them … many of my Indian friends are amazed that you guys get Indian drama there where as we have to watch Pakistani serials on net …. And even the Indian channel who has started airing Pakistani dramas only show them ABROAD as in UK and Europe. I have nothing against Indian contents ( as I don't watch them because I think they are super boring apart from there old sitcoms) as long as its done in both countries.

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