Pakistani DTH to be launched by December 2019: PEMRA chief

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said on Friday that the Pakistani DTH will be launched by December of this year.

Addressing a press conference, Chairman PEMRA Muhammad Saleem Baig said that the Pakistani DTH (Direct To Home) to be launched by December 2019 will benefit everyone.

“We are not trying to restrict anyone’s income. Cable operators should cooperate with us as the Pakistani DTH will ensure business opportunities for everyone,” he said.

The PEMRA chief said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had imposed a ban on airing of Indian content hence the authority will comply with the orders.

“Any cable operators or channels found airing Indian content will be sternly punished,” he said.

He urged cable operators and channels to show Pakistani drama serials and shows so that the culture of the country can be promoted among viewers.

“We are not a revenue body yet still we will provide relief to everyone,” he said. ‘PEMRA has fulfilled its responsibility—we have banned Indian content,” he added.

He said that Indian content was present in cinemas for viewers who wanted to watch it.

Last year, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had reinstated a ban that had been imposed on airing Indian content by PEMRA in 2016.

The apex court set aside a verdict by the LHC (Lahore High Court) that had lifted the ban on Indian content.

“They are not letting us build a dam and you want to run their content on our channels?” Justice Saqib Nisar had angrily stated back then.