Official: Farooq Awan Appointed as Chairman PTA

Farooq Awan, Chairman PTALike we reported last Friday, Farooq Ahmed Awan has now been officially confirmed as Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, we have confirmed with official sources.

Mr. Awan succeeds the former PTA chairman Dr. Mohammad Yasin, who recently completed his four year service term.

Farooq Awan was initially made the third member of authority on Sunday, but was later appointed as Chairman of PTA by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Mr. Farooq Awan will no longer serve as Secretary IT, and government is likely to notify new Secretary for IT and Telecom soon. With this development, Mr. Farooq Ahmed Awan will no longer remain the Chairman of PTCL board as well.

Farooq Ahmed Awan is given the headship of authority at a time when telecom industry is undergoing various challenges including tax evasion issue of PKR 47 billion, non-payment of PTA dues over PKR 50 billion from LDI and other telecom operators, auction of 3G licenses and managerial / structural issues at authority itself.

Other major industry issues include the implementation of 5 SIMs per One CNIC, enhancements in branchless banking policy, deployment of e-commerce gateway, transition of IPv4 to IPv6, finalization of IT and other telecom policies to name a few.

In a related news, Nasrul Karim Ghaznavi is likely to get re-instated as member finance at authority. Mr. Ghaznavi was suspended in April last year for an enquiry that was initiated on Dr. Yasin’s proposal. Mr. Shabbir, Interim member finance, has already vacated the slot for Mr. Ghaznavi by saying that he can’t continue working with PTA for personal reasons.

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


  • Welcome Farooq Ahmed, make things better :)

  • A source of jokes

    I hope he will make things better

  • Faisal

    Let see if he handles major industry issues.

  • Muneer Ahmad

    Mr. Farooq sahb zra ye PTCL wale nikamo ko tyt kar den plz..

  • Zeshan

    Farooq Awan is grade 21 office and close freind of Raja Pervaiz, someone please ask one simple question from him ”’that is ” at which freqecy GSM works….. Jeo Pakistan

    Zeshan
    [email protected]

    • Shahid Saleem

      Most people reading this blog cannot answer that question either ha ha!

      • Munawwar Hussain

        Dear this blog is read by all telco professionals… this comment is unfair, while question by Zeeshan is valid one….

        • Baigharat

          Only one frequency, 420Mhz

  • blogger

    1800 mhz for urban areas and 900 mhz for rural areas. All PTA staff including chairman should know this at least.

  • Kaukab Iqbal

    We the Consumers Association of Pakistan Congratulate to Mr.Farooq Awan as Charmin PTA , We hope that he will make his good efforts in the interest of the Consumers ,We are praying for his success as Chairman PTA .Allah give him strength to work hard for the Nation specially in the field of telecoms Industries and hop he will protect to the consumers from over charging & by the misc leading advertisement of the Mobil companys . Farooq Awan should also take action aginst the Mobil phone operators who are advertising on Media for a lucky draws , Consumers Association CAP already send the Legal Notice to the Mobil phone operators through Lawyer Mr.Mian Irfan Akram,
    Advocate Supreme Court. Hope Mr.Farooq Awan will stop all lucky draws scheme before the Eid .
    .Kaukab Iqbal Chiarman Consumers Association of Pakistan

  • mrs kazmi

    sir i m from dubai .here calling rate nd taxs are same .very high rates .plz sir according to lahore high court decision tax otha lia gaya hai magar yahan otne hi minutes mil rahe hain jitne tax lagne pe mile the no changing accur plz sir check this out i will great ful to u

  • shahnila

    Hello,

    Three Years before I wrote an email to PTA chairman and secretary of IT Minister and telecom Imran to stop all porn websites from Pakistani IP Address and I was Glad that it was all banned BY PTA at pakistan IP address but know it is easily open like before .

    Not only porn websites but all websites that is Illegal like custom writing websites where student from all over the world submit their thesis and assignment to webiste to do on their behalf this bussiness is also Illegal even hosting of porn and custom writting websites are banned , so please stop all these websites porn and custom writting to pakistani IP Address .

    Thanks,

    Shahnila Fahmi