A large scale crack down on unlicensed satellite channel distribution is taking place in Pakistan, according to a report in The Nation newspaper.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has seized technology from 50 cable TV networks during raids of over 70 cable operators nationwide. Prior to the raids, the authority had published newspaper advertisements, warning broadcast companies to observe the law and to only distribute legal TV channels.
PEMRA will now, the report says, cancel the licences of the major violators whose transmission equipment was seized on the night of 16 September.
This operation follows similar raids by enforcement officers in August, when PEMRA shut down 86 illegal channels and imposed heavy fines on cable operators.
The action has been prompted by the large number of complaints by the public concerned by the prevalence of the prohibited channels, according to the report.
The raids took place in Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, SInjhoro, Sanghar, Deharki, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Jhang, Gujranwala, Kharian, Kasur, Jhelum, Gujar Khan, Sargodha, Hassanabdal, Attock, Peshawar, Dl Khan, Abbottabad, Swabi, Havelian, Paharpur, Dhaki, Quetta, Pishin, Mastung, Sibi, Loralai and Noshki.