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After the state-owned airline’s secret deals, first with Turkish Airlines and then with a Dubai company for supply of all spare parts, the state television, determined not to be left behind, is also on the verge of a secret deal with the Indian Zee, aimed at allowing Indian channels into the Pakistani market.
In countries all over the world, the entry of foreigners into the fields of communications and media are subject to extreme scrutiny and restrictions.In Pakistan, under Pemra Ordinance 2002, the parliament has itself imposed a mandatory condition that no licence may be given in Pakistan, be it for broadcasting, landing rights or cable operators, to any entity that is owned by a foreigner or is controlled from outside Pakistan. Section 25 of Pemra Ordinance 2002, provides that “A licence shall not be granted to - a: a person who is not a citizen of Pakistan or resident in Pakistan; b: a foreign company organised under the laws of any foreign government; or c: a company the majority of whose shares are owned or controlled by foreign nationals or companies.”
While the details of the secret deal being negotiated by MD PTV, himself a former employee of Zee, are still shrouded in secrecy, as the first part of the long term arrangement, PTV has agreed to facilitate the Indian media group Zee to acquire exclusive rights to show, through Zee’s subsidiary Ten Sports many upcoming events.
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