PAC Recommends to Put Chairman PTA on ECL

PTA-logoPublic Accounts Committee today recommended the interior ministry to put the names of Chairman PTA, Dr. Muhammad Yasin and members of telecom authority on exit control list, following cases – including non-issuance of 3G licenses – that are under consideration of public accounts committee.

Sources familiar with the development told ProPakistani that Chairman PTA, who is going to serve last day in his office tomorrow due to forced leave before his term as chairman ends on July 24th, was put on exit control list due to increasing differences with government resulting into probe of various cases including non-recovery of PTA funds and delay issuance of 3G licenses.

Public Accounts Committee meeting, headed by Chairman Mr. Nadeem Afzal Chan, was held today in Islamabad. Reportedly there were new cases presented in Public Accounts Committee.

Issues including gray traffic and non-payment of PTA payments from LDI operators were discussed. It was pointed out in the meeting that Chairman PTA is completing his term in less than two weeks. Fearing that Dr. Yasin could fly to Australia, as he is dual national, Chairman PAC recommended ministry interior to put name of Dr. Yasin’s and members of telecom authority on exit control list.

In a related news, Chairman PTA is set to step down from his position on July 24th after completing his four year term. His differences with government grew in last few months on 3G issue and his other commitments with president house that were not fulfilled.

Meanwhile, Kamran Ali, member legal at Ministry of Information Technology is said to be hot favorite for chairmanship of PTA, who has backing from the president house. Mr. Kamran is said to be a comfortable choice for the government, keeping in view his diplomatic abilities to run the telecom industry.

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  • A Quick question for you Aamir bhai?

    Do you think there was any pressure group working behind this decision?

    May be on behalf of Telecos who have been suffering the dealy in 3G roll-out?

  • Kamran is THE most honest and principled person in that building. I doubt he stands a chance while these thugs are running the country. In any case if he becomes the chairman we can look forward to a very good time for Pakistan telecoms.

    • I just hope they re-look the websites they have blocked.

      Right now sites like pastebin and are blocked, but we don’t care because we don’t use them… well I do… or well, did.

  • So how will the committee probe such cases, Just Putting the names on the ECL will not help at all.

  • The later part of the story is quite encouraging. Kamran Ali could well be the best available option to strengthen the telecom industry and bring the positive growth.

  • Dr. Yaeen has surely been an incompetent Chairman but that is the hallmark of this govt.

    but he is in all probability not corrupt. He was compelled to postpone 3g auction as it was being executed in the most silly basis.

    let’s be fair to the guy in our opinionsted remarks

  • I know Dr. Yaseen since early 90s, and always found him an honest and very hard working character. The only mistake he has committed is belonging to a middle class family; and having no feudal background is his big hard luck. Our great country has no place for children of ordinary creed. When there will be no PPP government every body will know the reason of 3G delay. Allah is beside you Dr. Yaseen.

  • Keeping the corruption aside, delay in 3G is hardly to have “hit” the service providers as many of those (including the tops ones) would have loved not to be pushed into more CAPEX in a low ARPU market. And the delay seems to have been beneficial for these top service providers so far.

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