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'Smuggled goods worth Rs11.4 billion have been seized during the first quarter of fiscal year 2018-19,' the report stated, adding that mere enforcement measures would not be sufficient to completely root out the transportation of illegal DTH equipments.
PEMRA has suggested a technological solution that can effectively disrupt reception and re-broadcast of Indian content using smuggled DTH equipment or those imported through regular channels after modifications by the local vendors.
'In the absence of local DTH services, subscribers are opting for other illegal means which include Indian DTH services.
The joint enforcement operations were successfully conducted across the country and substantive quantity of smuggled DTH equipments is recovered in the operations.
The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) in coordination with the officials of PEMRA and FIA raided different areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Kamra and Taxila and seized substantive quantity of illegal DTH equipment worth Rs3.5 million in these operations.
MCC (Preventive) Karachi recovered DTH equipment and other related goods worth Rs14.3 million and two persons have been arrested.
MCC Peshawar during raids in different markets including Karkhano Market seized DTH equipment worth Rs45 million.
Committee has sent a letter to (FIA) Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to take immediate action against those found involved in the sale of smuggled Indian DTH.
Illegal DTH receiver and smart card are available in all big cities of Pakistan at the rate of Rs 7 to 8, 000.
Indian DTH companies are earning billions of rupees from Pakistan at the rate of Rs 1800 monthly.
SC had ordered FIA and custom officials to launch practical measures to stop smuggling of Indian DTH and constituted a committee on this count.
SC had taken a suo motu notice on sale of smuggled DTH and sought a report from committee within the 10 days.
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