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Appointment of Chairman PTA Challenged in SC

By  | 12, Oct 2012 | 7 Comments



PTA logo3 Appointment of Chairman PTA Challenged in SCThe appointment of the chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been challenged in Supreme Court of Pakistan through a petition filed by Shah Khawar Advocate, reported The News today.

Petition said that appointment of Mr. Farooq Ahmed Awan, as Chairman PTA, is in violation of The Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996, and merit based prescribed criteria.

The appointment of chairman PTA is based upon nepotism, favoritism, and personal whims and wishes suppressing law and merit based criteria, holding field for such appointments, the petition said.

The petitioner Qasim Abbasi prayed that the appointment of the present chairman PTA may be declared illegal, void, unconstitutional, violative of the recognized process of recruitment and in gross violation of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 and the same be struck down in the interests of justice.

He said in his petition that any appointment based upon political consideration, lack of competence to hold this office, and merit based criteria would result in depriving citizens of their fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 9, 14, 18, 23 and 24 of the Constitution.

The appointment of the incumbent chairman PTA is in violation of Section 3 (2) of The Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 which stipulates that the authority shall consist of three members, one of whom shall be a professional telecommunication engineer and other shall be a financial expert and the Federal Government shall from amongst the members, appoint a member to be the chairman of the authority.

The appointment of present chairman PTA is a colorful exercise carried out by the competent authority whereby the respondent No. 5 at the relevant time posted as Acting Secretary, IT & Telecom Division, was transferred and posted as Member PTA on 28th of July, 2012 and was notified as Chairman PTA on the 31st of July, 2012 within a short span of only 3 days without advertising the post of Member PTA, without open competition and in gross violation of Federal Government’s notified criteria in the wake that the appointments for the posts of Members PTA in the past had been carried out through advertisements in the press leading to short listing of candidates, interviews by the Selection Board and prime minister’s approval based upon the board recommendations.

In these circumstances it is therefore respectfully prayed that the instant constitutional petition may be allowed.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/salman.saleem.921 Salman Saleem

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  • intell

    yes ,ALLAH karey is farooq awan corrupt tareen bandey se nijat mil jai

    • Coper

      ameen, magar jab tak sub ka boss corrupt tareen oper betha hai tu aisa hona mushkil hi hai

  • Nasir Javaid

    A non professional who knows nothing about Telecom, its dynamics, challenges and the situation of Telecom Industry at present. He is a pro-govt flatterer on one end and a Bully on other. His only qualification is to bully, he does not care about any rules or regulations. It is right time to send him home, otherwise ppl like him will spare no effort in destroying the whole sector for personal gains.
    I don’t know why is this Govt bent upon killing every institution. It has already destroyed two quite successful entities under MoIT, Universal Service Fund and ICT R&D Fund by bringing in useless, illiterate, ignorant and fraudulent heads and their cronies.

  • Nasir Javaid

    A non professional who knows nothing about Telecom, its dynamics,
    challenges and the situation of Telecom Industry at present. He is a
    pro-govt flatterer on one end and a Bully on other. His only
    qualification is to bully, he does not care about any rules or
    regulations. It is right time to send him home, otherwise ppl like him
    will spare no effort in destroying the whole sector for personal gains.
    I
    don’t know why is this Govt bent upon killing every institution. It has
    already destroyed two quite successful entities under MoIT, Universal
    Service Fund and ICT R&D Fund by bringing in useless, illiterate,
    ignorant and fraudulent heads and their cronies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammad-Wisal/1181813376 Mohammad Wisal

    from all the comeo nts it seems that he doesnt know for this sector and he should go , and the s/c should decide it on urgent basses , also look that the PTA has increased the Incoming call prices to Pak and now it seems that an other Extoration here in the Govt supervsion , further it seems that No BODY in PTA wants to get this 3 G issue to solve , as for as the pplz like in Africa are on 4 G ( Angola) and there economy is even less than Pak But there thinking are good and they are looking for the Future of there Generation .

  • Asad

    Now you people can understand why ex-chairman Dr. Yaseen was removed in an insulting manner & efforts were made to put his name in the ECL. The Senator, The Lord of Grey Traffic aka The Barbar (Naee in urdu) brought his shoe licker & now the international call tarrifs are infront of you. I once said that the gangsters have finally won the battle; the good guy is kicked out by the gangsters. Enjoy the music… This happens in Pakistan.