PEMRA is an independent and constitutionally established Federal institution responsible for regulating and issuing channel licenses for establishment of the electronic media broadcast stations. It has jurisdiction to impose reasonable restrictions in the interest of the religion, the integrity and national security of Pakistan. Established on March 1, 2002, PEMRA’s principal objectives are to facilitate and regulate the private electronic mass-media industry and to improve the standards of information, education and entertainment.Its dedicated mandate is to enlarge the choice available to the people of Pakistan including news, current affairs, religious knowledge, art and culture as well as science and technology. As of present, it is currently chaired by Mr. Absar Alam as its designated and appointed Chairman by the government of Pakistan.[1]  PEMRA 

Basic Information
Formed:March 1, 2002 15 years ago
Website: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage
Agency executive :Absar Alam, Chairman
Motto:Improving the standards of Information, Education and Entertainment
Headquarters :Islamabad, Pakistan
Jurisdiction :Constitution of Pakistan
Preceding :
Name:Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority
In Urdu:پاکستان الیکٹرانک ذرائع ابلاغ انضباطی اختیار‎
Also Called:PEMRA
2nd Chairman:Mr. Iftikhar Rashid
3rd Chairman:Mr. Mushtaq Malik (3rd Chairman)
Acting Chairman:Dr. Abdul Jabbar
Distribution Services in Pakistan:International, National, Provincial, District and Local or Special Target Audiences
Chairman FBR(Ex-Officio Member):Tariq Mahmood Pasha
Chairman:Mr. Absar Alam

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PEMRA Pakistan
PEMRA has been established under PEMRA Ordinance 2002 to facilitate and regulate the private electronic media. It has mandate to improve the standards of information, education and entertainment and to enlarge the choice available to the people of Pakistan Including news, current affairs, religious knowledge, art and culture as well as science and technology.[2]  PEMRA Details 

Responsibility of PEMRA

Its the responaibility of PEMRA to improve the standards of information, education and entertainment, enlarge the choice available to the people of Pakistan in the media for news, current affairs, religious knowledge, art, culture, science, technology, economic development, social sector concerns, music, sports, drama and other subjects of public and national interest, facilitate the devolution of responsibility and power to the grass roots by improving the access of the people to mass media at the local and community level and ensure accountability, transparency and good governance by optimization in the free flow of information.[3] Responsibility of PEMRA

PEMRA Functions

PEMRA Building Islamabad
The Authority is responsible for facilitating and regulating the establishment and operation of all broadcast media and distribution services in Pakistan established for the purpose of international, national, provincial, district, and local or special target audiences.[4]  Functions 

Authority Members

  1. Chairman:Absar Alam
  2. Secretary, M/o Interior(Ex-Officio Member):Tariq Mahmood Khan
  3. Secretary, M/o Information & Broadcasting(Ex-Officio Member):Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera
  4. Chairman FBR(Ex-Officio Member):Tariq Mahmood Pasha
  5. Chairman PTA (Ex-Officio Member):Dr. Syed Ismail Shah
  6. Member (Punjab):Nargis Nasir
  7. Member (Sindh):Sarfraz Khan Jatoi
  8. Member (KPK):Shaheen Habibullah [5] Authority Members 

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure


  1. FM Radio
  2. Satellite TV 
  3. MMDS
  4. IP TV
  5. Cable TV
  6. DTH
  7. Landing Rights
  8. Temporary Linking
  9. Mobile TV (Audio & Video)

FM Radio

FM Radio broadcasting uses frequency modulation of the radio waves to provide high quality sound. FM broadcast band is 88 -108 MHz; area of coverage is generally 40 – 50 kms.If PEMRA receives more than one application for FM Radio licenses for the advertised city / location, license will be issued through open bidding process.[6]  FM Radio 

  • Duration of License:
  1. 10 Years
  • Application Processing Fee:(Non- Refundable)
  1. Rs.10, 000/-  
  2. Rs.25, 000/-
  • Security Deposit
  1. 03 % of the license fee( refundable after one year satisfactory performance).


MMDS licences are awarded through bidding only after availability of frequency spectrum by Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) and same are accordingly advertised. Applications are received only after advertisement.[7]  MMDS 


Internet Protocol Television is a new method of delivering and viewing television programming using an IP network and high speed broad band access technology. It provides triple service on a single medium i.e. TV, internet and telephone.[8]  IP TV 

Cable Television

Cable TV Distribution Service means a service which receives broadcast and pre-recorded signals from different channels and distributes them to subscribers through a cable network.[9]  Cable Television 

  • Duration of License
  1. 5 Years
  • Application Processing Fee: (Non-Refundable)
  1. Rs.5,000 /-

Landing Rights

If a Satellite TV channel is uplinked from abroad and the channel operator wants to distribute the channel in Pakistan, he shall obtain a permission (Landing Rights) from PEMRA for its distribution on Distribution Service Networks.[10]  Landing Rights 
Duration of License
5 Years
Application Processing Fee: (Non-Refundable)
Rs.2,00,000 /-

Temporary Uplinking

It is the temporary and occasional transmission of audio/video signals from a ground station to a satellite operating in the framework of the fixed satellite service.[11]  Temporary Uplinking 

Mobile TVVideo Audio

The licensee shall provide video content of licensed Satellite TV channels licensed by / having permission of the Authority/ channels of national broadcasters through video streaming techniques and audio feed of licensed FM Radio / Satellite TV channels licensed by / having permission of the Authority/ channels of national broadcasters through Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform or any other technique to the end users of the Mobile Network Operator under an agreement with Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and content provider / licensee. Such an arrangement will be known as Mobile TV (Video & Audio Content Provision Service).[12]  Mobile TV Video & Audio 

New Rules Regulations for Morning Shows Released by PEMRA

PEMRA Notice
Following up on the regulations released for drama serials, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has released a set of rules and instructions for morning shows as well.
PEMRA mentions that TV channels of all categories – whether they fall in the news, current affairs category or entertainment genre – air morning shows. What started as a source of information and entertainment for viewers has been turned into a race for ratings and revenues by the TV channels.[13]  Rules & Regulations 

Lack of Topics

PEMRA NoticePEMRA Notice

Pakistani viewers have shared their reservations with PEMRA about the activities in the morning shows and the kind of attire they sport in the name of fashion. According to complaints received by PEMRA, the morning shows are based on a specific set of topics only which include:

  1. Family Problems
  2. Singing, and Dancing
  3. Wedding Rituals
  4. Black Magic
  5. Tips from “Hakeems”
  6. Common Diseases
  7. Personal Lives of Actors/Actresses
  8. Sensitive Religious Matters

According to viewers, the morning shows don’t have enough topics to talk about which leads the acting host of the show to discuss their personal affairs on the show. PEMRA notes that there is no delay mechanism for taking live calls on the show and there is no censorship for these calls either.[14]  Lack of Topics 

Contact Information


  1. PEMRA Headquarters, Mauve Area G-8/1,Islamabad.
  2. +92 51 9107151-3


  1. Tel: +92 51 9107101-02
  2. Fax: +92 51 9107104

Executive Member

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107105
  2. Fax: +92 51 9107107

Director General Operations

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107132

Director General Administration

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107125
  2. Fax: +92 51 9107146

Director General Licencing

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107114
  2. Fax: +92 51 9107140

Director General Policy

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107110
  2. Fax: +92 51 9107111

Director General Technical

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107139

Secretary to Authority

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107163

Finance Wing

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107122

Media PR

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107109
  2. Fax: +92 51 9107107

Information Technology Wing

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107135
  2. Fax: +92 51 9107165

Human Resources Wing

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107125

Technical Wing

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107135
  2. Fax:+92 51 9107165

Legal Wing

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107130
  2. Fax:+92 51 9107107

Regional General Manager Islamabad

  1. Tel: +92 51 9107145

Regional General Manager Lahore

  1. Tel: +92 42 99220530
  2. Fax: +92 42 99220534

Regional General Manager Multan

  1. Tel: + 92 61 9210220
  2. Fax: + 92 61 9210444

Regional General Manager Gujranwala

  1. Tel: +92 55 3828487

Regional General Manager Faisalabad

  1. Tel: +92 41 9220033
  2. Fax: +92 41 9220034

Regional General Manager Gilgit Baltistan

  1. Ph: +920 58 1 920290
  2. Fax: +92 58 11920291
Regional General Manager (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)

  1. Tel: +92 91 9216354
  2. Fax: +92 91 9216355

1 Regional General Manager Karachi

  1. Tel: +92 21 99332249
  2. Fax: +92 21 99332214
Deputy General Manager (Sukkur)

  1. Tel: +92 71 5815161
  2. Fax: +92 71 5815162

Assistant General Manager Balochistan

  1. Tel: +92 81 9201233
  2. Fax: +92 81 9201158

Sargodha Assistant General Manager Sargodha

  1. Tel: +92 48 9239226
  2. Fax:+92 48 3220041

Sargodha Deputy General Manager Hyderabad

  1. Tel: +92 22 3817679
  2. Fax:+92 22 3868027