ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered to auction 3G Technology with the direction that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority should be made active and productive by appointing honest officials while keeping in view the rules and regulations of the institution.
Three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case regarding auction of 3G technology license when the petitioner’s counsel Wakil Ali Raza told the court that Lahore High Court already has issued an interim order in this case, issuing a direction to the PTA Chairman for transparent appointments on merit.
Upon this, the Chief Justice remarked that the institution is facing loss of billion of rupees due to its inactivity and criminal negligence. He observed that transparent auction is possible only when the PTA performs on sound footings.
Deputy Attorney General told the court that the matter of appointments is pending in Lahore High Court.
Justice Azmat Saeed Shaikh said that the appointments of Chairman and PTA members should be transparent. The Supreme Court ordered to appoint honest employees within 15 days and then auction 3G technology license.