ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has decided to launch a crackdown against illegal Indian satellite dishes and illegal content on satellite television channels, and cable networks.

Addressing a press conference here at Pemra Headquarters on Wednesday, Alam said the regulatory authority will ensure that the satellite channels adhere to six minutes per hour limit of Indian content in future.

He asked the administration of television channels and cable operators to voluntarily follow the rule adopted during Musharraf era, otherwise punitive action will be taken from October 15.

To a question he said that punitive action will start from fines and may include suspension and revocation of the license after repeated violations.

He asked cable operators to immediately stop airing illegal Indian CD channels otherwise strict action will be taken.

He said that a multi-pronged strategy has been devised to control the import, sale, purchase and use of illegal Indian satellite dishes in the country.

The Pemra chairman appealed to the general public to stop use of illegal Indian dishes as it was violation of the law and against the national interests.

He said that law-enforcement agencies will also be approached for ensuring that the business of illegal Indian dishes is banned. He added that Pemra will write letters to chief ministers of the provinces and Federal Bureau of Revenue in this regard.

Absar Alam said that 45 days have been given to the industry to stop illegal Indian content so that they can adjust their business in time. He added that Pemra will launch its own direct to home (DTH) television service by October this year.

The Pemra chairman said that the regulatory body plans to take action against morning shows violating code of conduct. He said that Pemra in the recent past banned re-enactment of crime-related incidents, but some channels took a stay order. However, Absar Alam said that the regulatory body has devised a strategy to get the stay vacated.