Published On: Wed, May 8th, 2019
Published in Category: Islamabad High Court

IHC stops PEMRA from issuing new licenses to TV channels

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC)  has restrained Pakistan Electric Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) from issuing new licences to TV channels.

A single bench of IHC presided over by Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah took up for hearing Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA) petition filed against issuance of new TV licenses by PEMRA Tuesday.

Counsel for PBA told the court that PEMRA has issued licenses to 119 channels against its capacity of 80 licenses. On PBA petition Sindh High Court directed PEMRA to decide. The decision was to be taken within 15 days after March 15 on the petition.  But PEMRA instead of giving decision on our petition started bidding process in respect of licenses.

Justice Athar Minallah inquired from PBA counsel  issuance of new licenses will make what difference.

PBA counsel said PBA has not as much capacity as it is issuing licenses. We have also requested PEMRA that why it is issuing new licenses when it has no such capacity.

The court stopped PEMRA from issuing new licenses after hearing arguments of PBA counsel.  The court also linked final decision of PEMRA on issuance of licenses to court orders.

The court while issuing notices to information ministry and PEMRA has sought replies from them besides adjourning the hearing of the case till May 22.

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