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Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network 2010 logo.svg
Broadcast areaPakistan
HeadquartersKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Picture format576i SDTV
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery Asia-Pacific
Sister channelsCNN International South Asia
Launched2 April 2004; 19 years ago (2004-04-02)

Cartoon Network is a Pakistani cable and satellite television channel operated by Warner Bros. Discovery. It was launched on 2 April 2004, dedicating itself to Pakistani and Bangladeshi viewers.[1] The channel primarily airs animated programming. It is the Pakistani version of the American network of the same name.


Before the launch of the dedicated feed, the Indian feed of Cartoon Network was broadcast in Pakistan and Bangladesh.[2] Then due to increasing localisation of the Indian feed, Turner launched a new feed on 2 April 2004, targeted to Pakistani and Bangladeshi audiences.

On 1 October 2011, Cartoon Network Pakistan changed its logo a second time along with the other Asia Pacific feeds, joining the ‘CN’ squares into a perfect rectangle. The channel also premiered The Amazing World of Gumball on the same day.[3]

Cartoon Network, along with all other foreign television channels, was temporarily suspended in Bangladesh on 2 October 2021, for not broadcasting clean feed according to a policy passed in 2006.[4] On 21 January 2022, Cartoon Network Pakistan began offering television series such as Ben 10 and We Bare Bears dubbed in Urdu.[5] Along with the Indian feed, Cartoon Network Pakistan began using the "Redraw Your World" branding and graphics on 30 March 2022.[6][7]


Main article: List of programes broadcast by Cartoon Network (Pakistan)

Criticism and controversy

In 2005, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority issued an order regarding the ban of several non-private channels because they were airing programmes in Hindi that were dubbed in India. Later, Cartoon Network switched to English versions on the PEMRA's instructions but the mixed Hindustani feed of the channel was back after a few months.[8]

In early 2010, PEMRA again issued a notice against the non-private channels, which resulted in a complete ban of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network's Pakistan feed. Once again, the issue was the Hindi dubbed shows on its schedule line up and the government's demand for a private kids' channel affiliated with PTV instead. The ban stayed and was not lifted till the end of July 2011.

On 1 August, an announcement was made by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan.[9] She said "Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, have been granted permission to air programmes in Pakistan." But at the closure, she expressed her interest in a private TV channel once again and said, "The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority will accommodate private TV channel if someone wished to launch channel for children."

See also


  1. ^ "Leading kids channel 'Cartoon Network' launched in Pakistan". Pakistan Times. 6 November 2004. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Turner India, Tnt Line Up Slew Of Cartoons". Business Standard India. 16 February 2000. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ "It's a Fun Thing! Only on Cartoon Network : AsiaNet-Pakistan". Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  4. ^ Haq, Rejoan (2 October 2021). "'The govt did not shut down foreign channels, only foreign commercials'". The Business Standard. Retrieved 30 January 2022.
  5. ^ Cartoon Network Pakistan - Ben 10 (Urdu Promo) (YouTube) (in Urdu). zord. 17 January 2022.
  6. ^ Mahendra, Vainavi (30 March 2022). "Cartoon Network gears up for summer vacations; launches new brand campaign 'Redraw Your World'". Financial Express. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  7. ^ Cartoon Network Pakistan - Redraw Your World Banner Compilation (YouTube). Telegroup Archive. 30 March 2022.
  8. ^ "PAKISTAN: Operators slam Pemra move to ban channels, UCLA International Institute". 22 December 2005. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Two foreign channels for kids get Pakistan's nod – Thaindian News". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2014.