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April 14, 2018


The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) has a disturbing history in the North-West areas of Pakistan as they created havoc. In 2014, UAVs fixed with cameras were used to cover huge political and other occasional events in Pakistan.  But most commonly political rallies were given coverage by the electronic media outlets, though this latest technology back then. Apart from this, they were used to monitor security conditions at such huge events as well.

This drone camera has both positive and negative aspects to it. In Pakistan, now many young people associated with media production work use it for their short film projects, wedding photographers use it for wedding event coverage and corporate functions, etc.

From past some time these drone cameras have created a security concern; in light of this, two months back the Punjab Government put a ban on use of drones / flying cameras for media coverage. The type of drones banned were remote-controlled model aircrafts, flying cameras, quadcopters, helicams and balloons for all types of media coverage and sports activities with immediate effect. Last year, due to security reasons the drone cameras were banned for two months in Islamabad.

The latest ban imposed by the Punjab Government comes under the Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and it would remain effective till further orders, a spokesman for the local administration said on Sunday.

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