Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) is preparing to launch locally manufactured Direct to Home (DTH) boxes in the country.
The Supreme Court was told on Wednesday that PEMRA was going to introduce its locally manufactured DTH boxes which would be cheaper in cost and better in performance than the ones smuggled from India.
On October 25, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had taken a sou motu notice on the illegal smuggling of DTH boxes and directed FIA to launch a crackdown against the dealers.
The Additional Attorney General of Pakistan (AAGP) told the apex court that the said agency had taken strict action on the directive of the honorable court and had apprehended 39 people, recovering devices worth Rs 78.3 million.
He informed the court that PEMRA was regularising some of the devices and was also manufacturing DTH boxes locally.
“PEMRA is going to launch a locally manufactured device soon. The device’s bidding process has been finished, and it will take nearly one month before it hits the market,” AAGP told the Supreme Court.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan, who was among the two-member bench hearing the case, remarked that the devices should be affordable for the consumers.
To which AAGP asked the court to exempt taxes on home-made DTH boxes so that its cost could be regularised.
The court sent the matter to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) before adjourning the hearing for three weeks.