After initial inquiry and findings, the National Accountability Court (NAB) Chairman, Justice retired Javed Iqbal, has approved an investigation against Anusha Rahman, former Minister for Information Technology (IT), Ishaq Dar, former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and other Pakistan Telecommunication Authority higher management.
The inquiry was launched in a case related to the alleged illegal award of contract of the Next Generation Mobile Services NGMS (3G/4G).
This decision was taken at a NAB Executive Board Meeting (EBM), headed by Chairman NAB himself.
The meeting attended by other senior officials also approved investigation against former Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr Ismail Shah, former Director PTA Amjad Mustafa, former DGs PTA Rizwan Ahmed and Wasim Tariq, former members PTA Abdul Samad and Tariq Sultan and Warid officials.
Anusha and the PTA chief Dr Ismail Shah are accused of allowing Warid Telecom to launch 3G-4G services in the country without acquiring a license that caused huge losses to the national exchequer.
Warid was the only cellular service provider that did not take part in April 2014’s spectrum auction, mainly due to being on the verge of bankruptcy.
The company, however, maneuvered their way and acquired a special permission from PTA to launch 4G/LTE service on its technology-neutral license.
Anusha and PTA chairman have previously been questioned by the bureau for alleged financial embezzlement in the 3G-4G contract; the recent investigation will also look into the matter.