As was speculated, the federal cabinet has appointed Major Gen (Retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa as the new chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
Bajwa has been appointed for a first term of four years which is extendable for a second one of another four years.
The federal cabinet, in the last week of December, approved the appointment of Major Gen (Retd) Bajwa — former Director General Special Communication Organization (SCO) as Member Technical. As witnessed in the past, Member Technical was appointed as the chairman.
The federal cabinet met with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair on Thursday. The body considered a summary of the Cabinet Division for the appointment of chairman PTA from a list of three members.
The Cabinet division had submitted a summary to the federal cabinet which included the names of all the three members including Major Gen (Retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa (Member Technical), Dr. Khawar Saddique Khokhar (Member Compliance) and Mohammad Naveed (Member Finance).
Bajwa has previously served as Director General (DG) Special Communication Organization (SCO) – a military-run telecommunication organization providing services in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan.
Azeem Bajwa, HI (M), (Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Signals) retired on 16 November 2017 from the Pakistan Army.
The new PTA chairman has a hectic agenda ahead, including the renewal of licenses of three mobile operators, implementation of Telecom Policy as well as the implementation of the cybercrime law in letter and spirit.