ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) yesterday approved loop holders policy and gave go ahead for issuance of licenses for promotion of cable TV in the country.

The authority also gave approval to IPTV licensing policy under which the country will be divided in three parts to ensure maximum opportunities for investment.

According to the PEMRA officials, the decision of authority will be helpful in providing cable TV facility to far off areas of the country and provide business opportunities to small investors.

The authority was briefed about the ban on re-enactment of crime scenes and its implementation status. It empowered the Chairman PEMRA under PEMRA Ordinance 2002, section 3 for immediate implementation of Council of Complaints decisions. The purpose of the decision was to ensure timely implementation of council and improve the PEMRA’s writ.

Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam briefed the meeting about the achievement of revenue target of the institution and proposed reward for the hard working staff and officers.

He also briefed the meeting about the public service messaging and Direct to Home service policies and indicated that their implementation will be ensured.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Information Syed Imran Gardezi, Secretary Interior Arif Ali Khan, Chairman FBR Nisar Muhammad Khan besides Members KP and Punjab Shaheen Habibullah and Nargis Nasir respectively. On the other hand PEMRA has filed the appeal in Supreme Court against Sindh High Court stay order for GEO Entertainment program “Inam Ghar” hosted by Dr. Ammir Liquat Hussain.

PEMRA had imposed three-day ban on Dr. Liquat’s program on June 27 due to volition of the authority’s code of conduct. The authority has also decided to file another appeal in the apex court against the judgment of Sindh High Court in favour of PEMRA re-enactment of crime scenes, rape, crime and suicide which was banned by PEMRA before Ramazan.