On Wednesday it was informed by the government to the apex court that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) would be launching the locally manufactured DTH boxes—the Direct to Home.
A two-member bench led by the Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard the case in accordance with the smuggled Indian DTH boxes.
It was informed to the court by the Additional Attorney General that the concerned authorities had begun the nation-wide crackdown against the unlawful DTH boxes.
He said that nearly twenty-nine persons had been apprehended in the operation while recovering devices amounting Rs 78.3 million.
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Relating to one of the court’s query, the AAG responded that PEMRA had launched its own made device, the device’s bidding process was also finished, and it would take nearly one month for becoming operational.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan mentioned that the local DTH boxes would be such that it would be affordable for the consumers.
The court instructed to send suggestions of the committee, forming the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Customs and PEMRA about the smuggling of the Indian (DTH) boxes to the concerned authorities.
The court has said that the committee has suggested to exempt taxes on the locally manufactured DTH boxes, which should be put into effect.
While calling on the progress report on the matter, the court suspended the case for three weeks.