PEMRA plans to take DTH license’s issue to Supreme Court

PEMRA plans to take DTH issue to Supreme Court | DTH license issue

ISLAMABAD – Since the Lahore High Court (LHC) nullified Direct to Home (DTH) license’s auction, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) planned to move to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) for justice.

According to detail, the government wanted to introduce an alternate form of Cable-TV named as DHT, enabling users across Pakistan to receive TV signals through a satellite at homes.

For this purpose, PEMRA conducted the auction for three DTH licenses for Rs 14.7 billion but on November 23, 2016 the LHC invalidated the sale, asking them to re-start the bidding process again.

The LHC rulings came as two famous broadcasters Geo and ARY  had not been allowed to participate in the auction.

Therefore, in order to reinstate the already conducted DTH auction, PEMRA intended to resort to the SC against the decision.

Today, one of the meetings of PEMRA was held where the concerned authorities asked that why the issue has not been taken to the SC, to which the concerned officer replied that, the matter will soon be moved.

It is pertinent to mention that nearly three operators had been allowed to participate in acquiring the DTH licenses and for these 17 hours of rigorous bidding process was accomplished.

According to report, soon after the auction the LHC made the auction null and void.

The future of DTH in the country will be explicit and clear only if the matter is taken to the SC.


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