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Posted on: Nov 30, 2015
Pakistan starts crackdown against illegal Indian DTH services
Karachi: Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog has started a crackdown against the illegal provision of about 2.5 million Indian Direct-to-Home (DTH) services in the country’s major cities ahead of its plans to award official DTH licences to investors. “Already around 3,000 DTH equipments have been seized in Lahore and Islamabad but the major illegal connections are in Karachi,” Fakharuddin Mughal, a spokesperson of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) said. The crackdown comes as PEMRA is preparing to award official DTH licences to Pakistani investors in December. “This illegal business is worth around USD 150 million annually. Approximately this amount is earned by Indian DTH services and their agents in Pakistan annually from our market,” Mughal said.