PEMRA seal offices of 107 cable operators for violation of rules

PEMRA starts monitoring about ban on airing Indian content

ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) enforcement teams Tuesday night confiscated cable operators equipment used in activities against rules and regulations and partially or fully sealed their offices.

A press release issued by PEMRA Wednesday said that the concerned cable operators were told that if they were found involved in illegal activities in future,their licences would be cancelled.

The cities where PEMRA team conducted raids included Peshawar, Nowshehra, Mardan, Charsadda, Kohat, D I.Khan, Hazara division,Karachi,Lahore,Hyderabad,Sukker,Larkana,Tando Allahyar,Mirpur Khas, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Layyah, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Jhelum, Attock,Rawalpindi,Chakwal,Okara and Kasur.

The PEMRA teams inspected thousands of cable operators and found that about 90 per cent of them were following the rules. However the PEMRA teams fully or partially sealed offices of 107 cable operators for violations of rules and regulations.

The PEMRA teams also visited various markets from where complaints of sale of illegal Indian DTH systems but no evidence of the illegal business were found.

It is worth a mention that PEMRA chairman Absar Alam had met with chief ministers of all provinces and sought their support in fight against his illegal business.All provincial government fully cooperated with PEMRA and helped it abolish the this illegal business.

The press release further said that the October 15 deadline was mandatory for all TV channels and no one would be allowed to cross 10 pc limit for foreign content out of which maximum 6 pc Indian and 4 per cent other foreign content can be shown.PEMRA has been monitoring all the satellite channels and immediate action would be taken against violators.