A five member committee, constituted by the federal government, has approved extension to Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, and Member (Finance), Tariq Sultan, for the next four years term, we have checked and confirmed.
The summary will now go to Prime Minister, who will give final approvals for the extension in service terms of both the members.
Well placed sources revealed that the five members committee headed by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal met on Wednesday.
The committee also included Secretary Information Technology, Additional Secretary Law Division, Additional Secretary Establishment Division, and Additional Secretary Cabinet Division. Interior Minister chaired the committee.
As per the rules, all members of the authority are to be appointed for a term of four years and are eligible for re-appointment for a similar term with the approval of Prime Minister, provided the performance of the chairman / members is found satisfactory by the committee.
Federal government will appoint a member to be the Chairman of the Authority from amongst the member(s) with the approval of Prime Minster.
Based on the performance of both officials during the last four years, the committee has approved the extension for the second term for both the officials.
Chairman PTA is going to complete his four years term on November 13, while Member Finance has already completed his four years tenure on September 26, 2017 in the Authority.
The first tenure of four years of Member Enforcement Abdul Samad would be completed in June 2018.
Dr. Syed Ismail Shah was initially appointed Member (Technical) and given acting charge of the Chairman PTA, later he was appointed the chairman of the authority.
Dr. Syed Ismail Shah has an Engineering Bachelors degree from Pakistan and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He brings with him rich experience of both private and government sector.
Tariq Sultan remained Director General Finance and Revenue Assurance at PTA for several years. He holds MBA from IBA Karachi, Masters in Accounting and Finance from Manchester University and CIMA from Canada.