SC orders govt to appoint PTA chairman without delay

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petition filed by the government with the direction that head of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as well as its members should be appointed on priority basis without any delay.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jillani resumed hearing of case regarding auction of 3G license in which the government had requested further time for appointment of Chairman PTA and its members.

The Supreme Court rejected the petition with the direction that appointment of chairman and members of PTA should be made on priority basis.

The court said it is regrettable to say that the tremendously valuable institution of PTA has been made ineffective and paralysed by the negligence of high officials and management.

The court already has awarded vast time to the government and now the time is over as national exchequer is facing heavy loss due to non appointment of its chairman, the court observed.