SCO Can be Allowed to Start Cellular Services in Pakistan: Law Ministry

Fate of Special Communication Organization’s operations in Pakistan is likely to be decided in a Senate Sub-Committee meeting that is planned for tomorrow, we have confirmed with sources.

According to details available with ProPakistani, Special Communication Organization, also known as SCO, is hoping to get cellular licenses and the operations for all regions of Pakistan.

SCO currently has cellular operations in AJK and GB and is set to get 3G and 4G licenses for AJK and GB as soon as PTA is ready to auction the spectrum for northern areas.

Besides its operations in AJK and GB, SCO wanted to step into rest of Pakistan and is hoping to get a nod from the federal government to start cellular services in entire Pakistan.

SCO, for the purpose, had its meetings with Prime Minister of Pakistan and other relevant authorities after which the matter was sent to a Senate’s Standing Committee for further deliberation.

Senate’s Standing Committee, in order to take a definitive decision, had sought Ministry of Law’s opinion to see if it would be legal to enhance SCO’s license for operating in Pakistan or not.

If sources are to be believed then Law Ministry has done its home work on the issue and it thinks that SCO can be allowed by the government to operate cellular network in Pakistan.

This essentially means that as per Telecom Act of Pakistan, there’s no legal binding to restrict SCO in AJK and GB only.

Ministry of Law and Justice is likely to share its findings with Senate’s Committee tomorrow.

On the other side, as one may imagine, cellular companies are not happy about the situation. They have recorded their utmost protest with Ministry of IT that will also be available in tomorrow’s meeting.

Telecom operators have clearly communicated that they can go to any level if decision is taken in SCO’s favor.

Committee, after hearing the opinion from all stakeholders, will send its recommendations for any legislation changes, if required.

If allowed, Special Communication Organization will be allowed to setup its cellular operations in Pakistan to take the count of total number of cellular operators in the country to five again.

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

  • Bhai, the government is given hoards of money by private telecom companies to cover their illegal activities. They will not be getting any such money from SCO and that’s why the committee plans to reject the application of SCO.

  • That would be a great initiative if SCOStart Cellular Services in Pakistan. Patriotic Pakistanis MUST support SCO .

  • اداروں کیساتھ کھلواڑ نا منظور ہے، ہم جمہوری ملک ہیں اور ہمارے ملک کے تمام ادارے بھی جمہوریت کے زمرے میں آتے ہیں اس لیئے اس ادارے کو بھی آزادی کیساتھ کام کرنا چاہیئے۔ کسی قسم کا پریشر نامنظور ہے

  • There are news that info tech are ready to give gross “funding” to this treacherous govt for further looting our wounded nation

  • SCO has a very good track record as its works under Pakistan army but PML (N) hates our army so they gona reject SCO request

  • Kick backs , bribes and robbing are some the characterstic features of PML (N), thats why they don’t want to give any benefit to this nation , hence trying hard to block SCO request in senate tomorrow

  • SCO’s initiative would bring prosperity in Gilgit and Kashmir, but its a tragedy, that Govt. is putting obstacles in way for own vested interests.

  • Pakistan Army is now a Full Fledged Business Empire. It is getting out of control now. From real-state, shopping malls to telecom.

    SCO wants to operate around Pakistan with a tax free rebate. If SCO will be allowed to operate then all existing telecom companies will stop investing.

    Our Army is no longer professional. They have transformed themselves into Business Empire. This is sad indeed.

  • Quality of service they provide in AJK is poor
    SCO failed to coverage ajk and Sim cards, recharge cards are rarely available even other private networks have good coverage and infrastructure though they entered later than SCO during earthquake 2005.

  • It must of expand throughout the country. National companies working in IT field are needed to be encouraged. SCO is providing better quality telecom services at low rates and its enhancement would be useful for public. 4G coverage at low rates is already needed in country

  • All applicable taxes also are paid by SCO as law don’t discriminate, but provide the cheapest services to our backward area.
    The other teclos earn in rupees, convert them to dollars and take these out of country.
    If India and other neighboring countries can have a government telco, why not Pakistan ?

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