Lahore (Staff report): Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared the bidding of DTH licensing by PEMRA null and void.

A full member bench headed by Justice Aisha A. Malik, ruled sub-Article 3 of Article 13 of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as illegal and said that a broadcaster can also become a distributor. It stated that the authority should once again initiate the process of bidding as the previous bidding was declared illegal.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on November 24 had auctioned the first-ever three DTH licences of the country for as much as Rs. 14.694 billion rupees.

The highest bid was raised by Mag Entertainment for Rs 4.91 billion, followed by M/s. Shahzad Sky for Rs 4.90 billion and M/s. Star time for Rs 4.89 billion respectively.