LHC issues stay order against DTH auction


Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued a stay order on tomorrow’s Direct- to-Home (DTH) tendering that Pakistan Electronic Media Regularly Authority (PEMRA) had projected to hold for awarding three DTH licenses in Pakistan.


According to the reports, the LHC issued the stay order as it reserved a judgment in the case and asked the authorities concerned to put a hold on tomorrow’s bidding.



On the other side, the Cable Operators Association representatives and their supporters are opposing the DTH auction by saying that the DTH bidding will kill their business and they demanded the delay of the auction for at least two years.

The Cable Operators Association’s spokesperson went on to say that making the DTH legal will affect both their business and livelihoods negatively and that the PEMRA didn’t take them into confidence before finalizing the auction.

Moreover, it is pertinent to mention here that after shutting down the cable TV services for over 24 hours, they have been reinstated just moments ago.

Separately, PEMRA Chairperson Absar Alam, while speaking to media informed that PEMRA has not yet received the copy of the short order.

He added that the order of Supreme Court is in the pipeline in which Justice Saqib Nisar has given directives that the process for the DTH would not stop. Under the light of the apex court orders, bidding for the three DTH licenses would go ahead as per schedule tomorrow.