ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam yesterday sought immediate assistance from federal government to take action against PEMRA law violators in Karachi under Section 33-A of PEMRA Ordinance 2002.

He requested the federal government to direct Law Enforcement Agencies (Sindh Rangers, Sindh Police, Intelligence Agencies) and provincial government staff to provide immediate assistance to PEMRA to discharge its functions.

The chairman PEMRA wrote a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to instruct Sindh Rangers, Sindh Police, Intelligence Agencies and provincial government to assist PEMRA in an action being initiated against those cable operators that have resorted to illegal disruption of a private TV channel. It has also been requested to the prime minister, through this letter to direct the Law Enforcement Agencies to assist PEMRA to bring to justice those unidentified persons coercing cable operators, who are PEMRA licence holders as well, into unlawful actions.

The PEMRA has also ordered 11 cable operators, namely, Home Vision, City/GIA, New DIGI, Tracks, KCS, Global Cable, Karachi Cable, Skyline, Show Time, Universal Production & Sky Multi Services to immediately restore “Geo News” at the position at which it was being relayed on July 28, 2016. The PEMRA teams will inspect the cable operators at their premises if they have complied with PEMRA orders or not.

These cable operators have also been directed to show cause, as to why they violated provisions of the License Terms & Conditions and Distribution Service Regulation 2011. 

Non-compliance of the PEMRA order to restore Geo News at its previous position shall be treated as a separate offence, cognizable under Section 29 & 30 of PEMRA Ordinance.

According to law, the PEMRA has exclusive jurisdiction to issue, suspend or revoke any broadcast or distribution service licence and implement PEMRA laws and terms & conditions of the licence. Needless to remind all licencees that PEMRA is determined to establish its writ. Any unlawful efforts by a group or individual to encroach upon its Authority, will be dealt strictly according to law.