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Customs, Pemra & FIA hold meeting to finalise strategy against DTH technology

Customs, Pemra & FIA hold meeting to finalise strategy against DTH technology

ISLAMABAD: A high-level meeting held at Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) office where representatives of Customs, Pemra and FIA participated and devised a strategy to start crackdown against the Indian-origin smuggled DTH equipment being used for viewing Indian channels.

Official sources told Customs Today that the Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken strict notice on the availability/illegal sale in open market of Direct to Home (DTH) equipment used to broadcast Indian channels and transfer of money charged against these services abroad through illegal channels.

The sources added that the court has directed to take immediate action to stop the availability of illegal DTH equipment in local markets along with identification of sources from where such equipment are being brought into the country.

The sources told that in this regard, a committee comprising of Member Customs Zahid Khokhar, Additional Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Director General (DG) Pemra has been constituted by the SC to submit report for the action taken within 10 days. Sources added that in view of that a meeting was held in DG (FIA) office where representatives of Pemra and Customs were also present.

In the meeting, it was decided to immediately launch crackdown against the illegal DTH equipment available in national level electronic market through the joint operations.

It is directed to coordinate with representative focal nominated officers of FIA and Pemra in their respective jurisdictions and initiate immediate enforcement actions in coordination with other law enforcement agencies to seize the illegal smuggled DTH equipment.