No local cable channels have aired the series, and the national state-run network does not show any American-made programs. Pakistanis who have managed to watch it took to Twitter to decry what they say are inaccuracies with the sets only the B-roll of the series appears to have been taped in Pakistan as well as actors from arch-rival India playing Pakistani characters.
HBO didn’t respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
“‘Homeland’ was awful for Pakistan. ‘The Brink’ is funnier, but no better [for the country’s image],” said one of Illusion’s sales managers, who also didn’t want to be named because of fears for his safety. “After Homeland, we were advised by ‘the powers that be’ to take it off the shelves. But we still stock [the show], though not on display.”