CCP Welcomes Decision to Withdraw ICH Agreement


The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) welcomed the government’s decision to withdraw the controversial International Clearing House (ICH) agreement.

At the time of formation of ICH, Competition Commission of Pakistan had made its all possible efforts to block ICH, however MoIT had then maintained that CCP is not mandated to block another government body from doing policy making.

CCP even hinted about taking the matter into the court, however, it couldn’t due to reasons known to everyone.

CCP was long maintaining its stand that ICH was illegal and anti-competitive regime. It had said that quota fixation for revenues for LDI operators, price fixation for international incoming calls and elimination of competition are all illegal activities as per competition rules of Pakistan.

Despite such rulings from CCP, MoIT had issued policy directive for formation of ICH that finally came into existence on October 1st, 2012.

Now CCP has shown its contentment over the decision of MoIT for withdrawal of ICH and said that move will facilitate competition in the market and that end-users are going to get benefited through the open market.

Tech and telecom reporter for over 15 years

  • Original directive was processed from file 9-1/2002 on 13 AUG 2012

    Withdarwal of directive was from 2-8/2011 on 17 June 2014

    This is showing that the said policy directive have been approved in ambiguity or without presenting the whole case before the competent authority.We always blame the governments but factually corruption lies in the bottom who take cover of the political figures. These officers have been bribed to disappear the record and to process the cases as per the need of their party as per their interest to get their results.

  • can anyone please share here the original letter of composition of the board of ICH. who was secretary of this board and who are the main members and stakeholders.

  • It is really some conspiracy behind it and these reference make this whole case really suspicious. Long live conspiracy, long live telecom mafia

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