India bans Pakistan-based OTT platform Vidly TV and its web-series Sevak: The Confessions

Indian government has issued orders to immediately ban the Pakistani web series, Sevak: The Confessions, reported Hindustan Times. It was further instructed to ban OTT streaming platform Vidly TV for airing the web series that allegedly disseminated anti-India content. As per the order, The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) noted that the web series aired on the OTT Platform "was found to be detrimental to national security, sovereignty and integrity alongside defense of India, security of the State, India's friendly relations with foreign States, and public order in the country." They said, "The web series portrayed an anti-India narrative on sensitive historical events and subjects of national importance. For example, operation Blue Star and its aftermath, the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, the killing of a Christian missionary named Graham Staines, the Malegaon blasts, Samjhauta Express blasts, inter-state river water dispute related to the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal, etc." The order went on to state that the conditions in Punjab during Operation Blue Star were portrayed deliberately with strong sectarian overtones, implying that the rioting and police action was motivated due to religious concerns. The web series stars Mohsin Abbas, Hajra Yamin, Nazarul Hassan, Nayyer Ejaz, Adnan Jaffar among others.