ISLAMABAD - Former caretaker Information Minister Javed Jabbar, who was appointed as mediator by the apex court to monitor allocation of frequency to various private TV channels under Pemra rules and regulations, on Thursday submitted his report before the court. Javed Jabbar has observed in the report that a new and portent threat has emerged to the legal framework within which licensed Satellite TV channels and Cable TV operators are functioning in Pakistan. This threat is in the form of the increased and abundant availability in markets of smuggled, illegal DTH (Direct-To-Home) boxes from India which give viewers access to hundreds of Indian and foreign Satellite TV channels, he added and said that these unlicensed channels are rapidly displacing the viewer ship, advertising revenue and stability of the legally operative TV system in Pakistan. He stressed that this issue also required urgent consideration and appropriate action. He said valuable roles of electronic media, Cable TV operators and Pemra, with some qualifications, in advancing freedom of media and choice deserve great appreciation. Yet comprehensive review and reform of the electronic media sector is required, including amendments to existing legislation to make Pemra a truly independent regulatory authority directly accountable to a bipartisan forum of Parliament, to reflect the emergence of new broadcast and distribution technologies and to ensure that the public interest rather than only commercial or political interests determine the direction of media development in Pakistan, he said. According to the outcome of the mediation, all litigants and stake-holders agreed that either due to violence, threats of violence, lack of timely preventive actions by the local authorities or coercive pressures verbally conveyed, Cable Tv operators in Karachi and some locations in rural Sindh were forced to remove the ARY News and GEO News channels from their networks briefly during August, 2010. All parties also agreed that the taking of strict notice by the Supreme Court of the disruption in transmission has proven to be a highly effective deterrent against future use of coercion, threats of violence and violence itself against Cable TV operators and Satellite TV channels. Similarly all the parties also agreed that there is a need for Pemra to promptly and effectively use the powers of enforcement and penalties given to it by the law, rules and regulations. To facilitate such actions, Pemra in turn requires prompt, credible and practical support by the police and law enforcement authorities in each location. Likewise, a proposal by the mediator to establish a Dispute Resolution Committee was unanimously agreed by all parties. The proposed committee will comprise representatives of all stakeholders and will meet once a month to deal with issues as they arise or will meet whenever required to facilitate settlement of issues without seeking litigation. PPP MPA Uzma Bukhari appearing before the court contended that whatever she had said against the private TV channels anchors, was said on the floor of the house, thus according to privilege of the house, the court could not interfere into it or summon the parliamentarians. The court directed her to submit written statement in this regard. Additional Attorney General KK Agha contended that the application of private TV channels was not maintainable. The court then directed Agha to file written statement in this regard. The court adjourned the hearing for six weeks.