Instaphone Held Payable to PTA by Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Pakistan has dismissed Instaphone’s appeal filed against the determination (decision) of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on outstanding dues of Rs. 7.9 billion (including license fee).

PTA through its directive letter on March 4, 2008 had ordered Instaphone to pay said amount. Instaphone was of the opinion that license fee imposed on the company is unjust, hence had filed petitions in Islamabad High Court.

After IHC had dismissed Insta’s appeal, company escalated the issue to Supreme Court through Aitazaz Ahsen, against PTA’s said determination and Mobile Cellular Policy issued by the Federal Government in 2004.

Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan argued Insta’s viewpoint before Supreme Court bench head by Justice Muhammad Javed Iqbal, comprising of Justice Sair Ali and Jusitce Anwar Zaheer Jamali.

On other hands Akram Sheikh defended the PTA’s stance for outstanding payments.

After hearing the cases from both sides, today the bench decided both the petitions in favor of PTA.

SC will issue detailed decision soon.

PTA acknowledged the decision but said its waiting for black and white orders to comment on it.

We couldn’t arrange comment from Instaphone and its strategy for future of the company.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Muhammad Usman Butt

    Instaphone mein ab bacha hee kia hai.,….

  • Sh. Adeel Tariq

    we need insta back ………….. :(

  • saqib

    Reputation of this Company is very bad
    People waiting for their dues, Salaries and settlements
    Not only ban the company but must freeze the assets of its group Companies as well

  • For Justice

    Oh yeah, justice served – Pakistani style. Arfeens are going down, down, down and God takes them to the ethos of hell.

    They thought they were close to Gen. Shehzada Alam (ex-PTA Chairmain) – He initiated the license cancellation charge against them. Didn’t help!

    They thought they were buddies with Musharraf – Didn’t help!

    They thought that having Javaid Firoz’s wife as an MNA (on PML-Q ticket) would help – No, hell no!

    They thought that hiring Aitzaz Ahsan will help – given his closeness to the CJ – Didn’t help!

    Nothing will help you Arfeens and may this start the demise of your business empire – white collared crooks!

    Government should seize their assets, blacken their faces and show them around town on donkeys. This may only be a small punishment to the anguish thet have caused their eomplyees and suppliers.

  • Arfeen Afectee

    Nice post, although they may have to put JF on an elephant as a donkey may not survive his sheer weight :)

  • Mohammed Saeed Khan

    The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan,

    Pakcom introduced in Pakistan as a cellular telephony company with the brand name “Instaphone” in 1990 by a Luxemburg based “Millicom International”. The company also holds honour as a first mobile telephony services provider to their subscribers in more than 180 citiies of the country. When Millicom decided to wind up their operations (Pakcom & Paktel) from Pakistan then Paktel was sold to China Mobile and Pakcom handed over to a Pakistani local partner Arfeen International in May 2006 and Mr. Javaid Feroz brother of Mr. Sultan-ul Arfeen (Chairman Arfeen International group) holded the CEO position of the Pakcom.

    You are kindly informed that our outstanding dues including five, six months salaries, Provident Fund, Gratuity, Leave Encashment, Leave Fare Allowance, Bonuses, Medical Claims etc. are still not paid to more than 200 employees since 2008, who are living in different cities of Pakistan, whereas your kind notices have been issued to Mr. Javaid Feroz, CEO Pakcom Limited (Board Member of Arfeen International Group). But no positive and sincere action is taken yet to clear our all dues except applying delaying tactics and false promises, whereas they have enough funds and their other profitable businesses are being run in Telecom sector like Telecard Limited, Go CDMA, Supernet, Instaphone Infrastructure Limited, and similarly in the Real Estate like Envicrete Limited (bricks material and manufecturing factories in different citiies of Pakistan), World Trade centre in Karachi at Clifton, Arfeen International office opposite Marriot Hotel Karachi, Instaphone Centre in Blue Area Islamabad, Farm houses and Guest houses in Islamabad and many more to clear our all dues forthwith.

    Respected Sir, we the employees of Pakcom (Instaphone) tried our best and requested to the CEO (Mr. Javaid Feroz) of Pakcom and Arfeen International group for releasing our pending dues but of no effect at their end and also did not firm commit to pay it when (?).

    We all will be very grateful to you for your help and support in getting our hard earned money from the owners of Pakcom (Arfeen International group) which are with them for more than a year and a half, though they have enough funds available to serve all needy, hardworking and devoted employees who had spent a good major part of their life time in this company

    Thanks and awaiting favourable response.

  • Mahmood Ali Rastgar

    The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan,

    On behalf of Instaphone ex-employees I would like to bring to your kind notice that we have been waiting for Instaphone CEO Javaid Feroze to settle our all dues which are pending since last
    2 years or so and Javaid Feroze is not giving any deadlines when he is going to clear out hard earned money of ex-Instaphone employees. Before
    any of us would collapse due to mounting financial burden and instead of giving cheque to decease employee family why don’t they pay dues in his life, so therefore we all humbly request to Mr Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo-moto notice of the situation and instruct CEO Instaphone Javaid Feroze to settle all dues of the employees within 2 weeks time and according to market information they have sold or about to sell some of their precious assets worth million of rupees which could easily clear out all
    our dues and company’s debts.

  • Mohsin Malik

    The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan,

    Respected Sir,I am also an effectee of Instaphone we are victimized by virtue of non settlement of our dues i.e sallaries,provident fund,gratuaty,bonus and LFA etc .it may be mentioned that these dues are lying pending since two years.

    Respected Sir, we the employees of Pakcom (Instaphone) tried our best and requested to the CEO (Mr. Javaid Feroz) of Pakcom for releasing our pending dues but of no effect at their end and also did not firm commit to pay it when.

    I request to The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan please take notice of the situation and instruct CEO do some thing for us as many of us are facing financial crisis.

  • Mehboob ur Rehman

    The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan,

    Respected Sir,I am also an effectee of Instaphone we are victimized by virtue of non settlement of our dues.It may be mentioned that these dues are lying pending since two years.

    I request to The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan please take notice of the situation and instruct CEO do some thing for us as many of us are facing financial crisis.

    Javed Sab Aap Apni Niat Saaf kar lain or Dues daynay ka Irada Kar lain Mujhay Pura Yaqeen Hay Kay Allah Bhi Aap ki madad karay ga.(Udhar Ki Bukhshish tu Shaheed ko bhi nahi Hay)Is liya Khuda Ka khuf Karain.

  • Mohsin Malik

    The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan,

    looking forward to gain your kind courtesies at your earliest convnience

  • IAK Tahirkheli

    The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan,

    Since it is more than 2yers that we have not been paid by the Managment of INSTAPHONE (Arfeen Group) our hard earned dues i.e. Salaries, Provident Fund, Gratuity, Leave Encashment, Leave Fare Allowance, Bonuses, Medical Claims etc, and many of us are without the jobs since they were asked to leave the conpany on hours notice, just imagin how dificult is to live & cater your family without having job espacially in current envoirenment. Instaphone was one of the poineer cellular company, was doing good businees while catering the communication needs of almost 185 cities, but since they (Arfeen Group) have taken over the charge from millicom intl’ they not only failed to bring the frsh investment for 3G technology & but also faild to run the comapny effectively which were running profitable prior to handing to them. As much have been said & written by my ex-colleagues to your good honor and as well to the Chairman Public Accounts Committee Nisar Ali Khan through Pro Pakistani, we ex-instaphonians humbly request your honor to help us in realizing our money from the Arfeen Group, it is time to take the decesions & it is time to penalize those who are making fun out of many innocent, week & helpless families & are doing crime with them.

    we all hope that the good office of Chief Justice of Pakistan wouldn’t let us & our failies down,

    with best regards

  • IAK Tahirkheli

    The Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan,

    Since it is almost more than 2years that the Management of Instaphone (Arfeen Group) hasn’t paid the hard earned dues of their employees i.e. six months Salaries, Provident Fund, Gratuity, Leave Encashment, Leave Fare Allowance, Bonuses, Medical Claims etc. many of the employees are without job since they’ve been relieved from the jobs with hours notices and since then they’re begging for their legal right, One can well imagine how difficult is to live & cater family without having job especially in current environments, Instaphone was a pioneer cellular company, who has the privilege to introduced the art of technology to the peoples of Pakistan, they were not only catering the communication needs of almost 185 cities across the country but were doing profitable business till the time it has been handed over to these guys, (Arfeen’s), since taking over by the Arfeen Group the company gone to the crises due to their inability to bring the desired investment in the company for introducing 3G technology in to the market through INSTAPHONE network, and due to their unprofessional commitments, bad policies and inability of Management skills, they failed badly & weren’t able to compete in the market. As many of my ex colleagues has appealed & written to you, as well as to the Chairman Public Account Committee Mr. Nisar Ali Khan through Pro-Pakistani, it is humbly requested in your honor to use your good office to rescue all those who suffered through them & instruct the Management of Instaphone to realize dues to the employees as soon as it possible,

    Indeed it is time to take decisions & to penalize those making fun out of innocent, week & helpless families,

    With best Regards.

  • mumtaz

    The honorable chief justice of Pakistan we would humble request you to please to take the notice against the responsible of plights of hundreds of families as they belongs to white collar middle class a segment of society who had no say and not have any institution who safe guard their basic rights we all are seeing and waiting for your kind justice and in return god will reward you in many ways that is good health and honor in this world and on the final day of justice.
    thanks your well wisher an affected of INSTAPHONE Company

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