In 1998-99, simplex satellite Internet services (receive only) were introduced in the region by some service providers like Zaknet. ISPs started using these services as costs of PTCL leased lines (IPLCs) were prohibitively high. But PTCL started harassing ISPs by conducting raids and shutting down the operations of ISPs who were using simplex satellite services. ISPAK took up this matter with PTA and Ministry of Communications with full protest and threatened to go on a strike with all ISPs of the country shutting their operations. Upon intervention of the Secretary, Ministry of Communications and PTA, immediate written orders were issued by PTA to restore the services of AKNet in Lahore and disciplinary proceedings against PTCL officials responsible for shutting down the ISP were initiated.
The IT Policy 2000 of the Ministry of Science & Technology (IT & Telecommunications Division) approved by the Cabinet has finally given proper legitimate status to simplex satellite services in Pakistan.