In a significant development, the federal government has made a crucial appointment at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Major General (Retd) Hafeez Ur Rehman has been appointed as a Member (Administration) of the PTA, with the expectation of being elevated to the position of chairman. This decision, approved by the Federal Cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, marks a significant step in the government’s efforts to strengthen the telecommunications sector.
Appointment of Major General Hafeez Ur Rehman
Major General (Retd) Hafeez Ur Rehman, a highly experienced professional, has been appointed as a Member (Administration) of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). This appointment is a testament to his outstanding capabilities and expertise in the field. As a former military officer, Major General Rehman brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to the PTA, which will be instrumental in driving positive changes and promoting growth in the telecommunications sector.
Approval by the Federal Cabinet
The Federal Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, granted its approval for the appointment of Major General Hafeez Ur Rehman as Member (Administration) of the PTA. This decision was made based on the recommendation of the Federal Minister for Defence, Khawaja Asif-led Selection Committee. The government’s confidence in Major General Rehman’s abilities reflects the belief that he will contribute significantly to the development and management of the telecommunications industry in Pakistan.
Dr. Muhammad Amir Malik’s Disinterest
Dr. Muhammad Amir Malik, who was initially at the top of the list of recommended candidates for the position of Member (Administration), expressed disinterest in the post and subsequently withdrew his application. While Dr. Malik’s decision is respected, it created an opportunity for Major General Hafeez Ur Rehman to assume this crucial role within the PTA. Major General Rehman’s appointment is a result of his exceptional qualifications and his dedication to serving the nation.
IHC Stay and Subsequent Vacating
The appointment of the Member (Administration) faced a temporary setback when the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued a stay order, preventing any further progress in the recruitment process. However, the IHC later vacated the stay, allowing the federal government to proceed with the appointment. It is important to note that the legal proceedings associated with the petition may continue independently.
Increase in the Number of PTA Members
To enhance the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the federal government decided to increase the number of members from three to four. Traditionally, the PTA comprises Members Technical, Finance, and Compliance & Enforcement, with the Member Technical assuming the role of the Chairman. This strategic decision aims to optimize the organization’s structure and promote better decision-making processes.
Pending Appointment of Member (Technical)
Despite the recent appointment of Major General Hafeez Ur Rehman as Member (Administration), the process for appointing the Member (Technical) is still pending. The Cabinet Division, responsible for scrutinizing the candidates for this position, has yet to initiate the selection process. Officials from the Cabinet Division have assured that the scrutiny and shortlisting of candidates will commence soon. However, the timeline for completing the appointment of Member (Technical) remains uncertain at this stage.
In conclusion, the appointment of Major General Hafeez Ur Rehman as a Member (Administration) of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) brings a seasoned professional with extensive expertise to the organization. This decision, approved by the Federal Cabinet, sets the stage for positive developments and advancements in the telecommunications sector. As the government focuses on strengthening the PTA, the pending appointment of the Member (Technical) remains an important task that will further enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the authority.