3G process delayed again as PTA chairman ordered to pay for sacked consultants

2 Jan 2013

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology has declared that sector regulator the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) was responsible for breaking rules regarding the selection of consultants for the 3G licence auction. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) launched an investigation into the hiring of consultants in December 2012 after members of the PTA complained that the watchdog’s chairman had acted unilaterally and without the assent of the Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) in the selection of the consultants. The PTA chairman was indeed found to be responsible for the decision, and the contracts have since been terminated, though all payments to the consultants made by the PTA are to be recovered from the chairman.