PEMRA—the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Chairman—Mirza Saleem Baig on Friday asked the cable operators to on-air more Pakistani channels, as per the reports of local media.
While addressing a press conference, he gave the warning to take strict action against the cable operators who would be found broadcasting Indian content.
He said that the cable operators do not have the permission to on-air Indian television channels.
The chairman further said that he was fully in knowledge of the issues of the cable operators. He added that whatever is being done is for the betterment of the cable operators. He said that they do not wish to subdue anyone and wants to provide relief to all.
He also informed that the annual fees of the cable operators have also been reduced.
He informed that Pakistani DTH would be launched by the month of November this year in Pakistan and the same would be made available in the market by the month of December.
As per an estimate, more than 2 million unlawful Indian DTH decoders of Dish TV, SKY, TATA, Videocon, Reliance, Airtel, etc have been smuggled in Pakistan. This act is unlawful money laundering of US$200 million per annum out of the country hence placing loss to the national exchequer.
Other than this, these unlawful DTHs are also a source of distribution of illegal and unlicensed TV channels in the violation of PEMRA laws.