Public Accounts Committee has directed to put name of former Chairman Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) Shahzada Alam on Exit control List, freeze all his assets in Pakistan and to conduct detailed audit for his specific duration in PTA, said Geo TV.
Report said that members of the PAC met chairman committee Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during the sitting of the Public Accounts Committee to review the audit objections of the Cabinet Division for the year 2007-08.
Number of audit paras in connection with the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA), were presented before the committee, following which the chairman committee expressed his deep concerns.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chairman PAC took the serious notice over the issue of illegal appointments, moving against the merit. He directed PTA officials to revise and to improve the rules and regulation in this regard to restrict the further out of merit appointments in the authority.
Over the issue of number of cases related to PTA, Chairman Committee directed the officials concerned to have the advice from the auditor general of Pakistan and to present a detailed report before the committee with in time period of 30 days.
On issues related to the purchases by the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) during the timer period of former Chairman Pakistan Telecom Authority, Shahzada Alam the Committee expressed its dissatisfaction and directed to impose ban on all such deals.
Daily Jang has reported that during Shahzada Alam’s tenure, authority spent Rs. 60 million on purchases for cars only.
It also decided to put the name of former chairman PTA Shahzada Alam on ECL to restrict any attempt from his side top escape abroad unless the issues were settled down.
Daily Times said that audit officials informed the committee that PTA had a Rs 702 million surplus in FY 2007-08 but did not deposit the required amount in the Federal Consolidated Fund.
It was informed that Rs 2.3 billion had been plundered by telecom officials. Illegal appointments and promotions in the sector also came under discussion. The committee directed the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) chairman to recover the embezzled money as soon as possible.