PEMRA to Go to Supreme Court Against LHC’s Decision of Voiding DTH Auction

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has decided to move Supreme Court against Lahore High Court’s decision in which DTH auction was voided.

Lahore High Court, in a November 23rd ruling, had termed the recently held DTH auction as void and had asked PEMRA to re-start the entire DTH bidding process, starting from inviting new applications.

LHC’s Decision was primarily based on voiding a section in DTH bidding through which broadcasters (Geo, ARY etc.) were disallowed from participating in the auction.

PEMRA, however, has decided to go to Supreme Court against the decision.

In an authority meeting today, it was asked why PEMRA had still not filed the case with Supreme Court. Consequently, the authority asked Chairman PEMRA to file a petition in Supreme Court at his earliest.

It maybe recalled that three operators were awarded DTH licenses after an intense 17-hour long bidding process. However, later the auction was voided and the process for awarding of licenses was halted.

Anything on the future of DTH in Pakistan will only be decided after Supreme Court’s decision now.