Govt officials bound to help Pemra under law
ISLAMABAD: Though powerful government officers have demolished the writ and authority of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) simply to save a powerful and wealthy cable operator, the letter of Pemra written to the Punjab government and police department reminds the Nawaz Sharif government what the law exactly says.
The relevant section of the law binds all federal and provincial government officers to assist Pemra in the dispensation of its duties. However, officers are found making relations and making a mockery of the law.
A Pemra letter seeking police assistance with the subject “Police Assistance to Pemra Inspection Team” says it all. It reads, “Under Section 33A of the Pemra Ordinance 2002 as Amended by the Pemra (Amendment) Act, 2007 which reads; “The officers of the federal government, provincial government and local governments including the Capital Territory Police and the provincial police shall assist the authority and its officers in the discharge of their functions under the provisions of this ordinance and rules and regulations made there under’’.
2. It is, therefore, requested that police assistance may be provided to Pemra inspection team, headed by Hafiz Jameel Asghar, Assistant General Manager (Operations), in order to carry out inspection of head-end of Regal Star Cable Network Lahore and seize the equipment of the company being used for distribution of illegal cable TV operations.