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New PTA Chairman & Member Compliance: Committee Created for Selection

The federal government of Pakistan has constituted a 5 member committee to appoint a Member (Technical) and a Member (Compliance & Enforcement) PTA. Minister of State for Communications, Murad Saeed, will head the committee.

The committee consists of the Secretary Information Technology, Additional Secretary Law and Justice, Additional Secretary Establishment Division, and Additional Secretary Cabinet Division, with Minister of State for Communications as head.

The Cabinet Division issued a notification stating:

“In pursuance of Section-3(2) OF Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 read with Rule 4(4) and Schedule-II of PTA Chairman and Members (Appointment and Qualifications) Rules 2013, the Prime Minister has been pleased to nominate Head/chairman of following selection committee constituted for appointment of Member (Technical) and Member (Compliance &Enforcement), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). (i) Murad Saeed, Minister of State for Communications (Chairman), (ii) Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology (Member), (iii) Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division, (iv) Additional Secretary, Establishment Division, and (v) Additional Secretary Law and Justice Division.”

The positions for the new chairman and member (compliance & enforcement) of PTA have been vacant for almost a year. This has affected the PTA’s performance and, as such, the government has undertaken these steps to fill the void.

The previous government had tried to find worthy candidate for the position twice. They failed to find someone suitable enough and then benched the idea altogether.

Cabinet Division has requested fresh applications from worthy Pakistanis on open merit for the position of Member (Technical) in PTA. The chosen applicant would then take up chairmanship. They have also requested applications for the position of Member Compliance & Enforcement.

Former Chairman PTA, Ismail Shah, completed his tenure on 13th November 2017. The former Member Compliance & Enforcement PTA, Abdul Samad, completed his in June 2018.

Former Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, rejected the idea of extending the former PTA chairman’s tenure. He explained that the purpose of this recruitment is to ensure that the government seeks out better qualified personal upon completion of a tenure. He stated that this was particularly pertinent in Pakistan for a fast developing sector like telecom.

Requirements:

Among the requirements for the position there is none listed for registration with Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). The candidates appointed will be paid the salary and have the privileges of an MP-II scale officer (Rs.181500-27, 225-290,400). Cabinet Division has listed the necessary qualifications and experience for the positions.

For member (Compliance & Enforcement), the applicant should have:

  • D / professional charter in Business/Finance/ Regulatory Economics / Administration/ Corporate management / Telecommunication / Computer Sciences /Information Technology from Foreign/local Institutions with 15 years of experience including at least five years at the top management level
  • Or a Master Degree in the above disciplines or LLM from a foreign or local university with 18 years of relevant experience in public/private sector.

For member (Technical), the requirements state:

  • PhD in Telecom, Electronics or Electrical Engineering with major in Telecommunications, with fifteen (15) years of relevant experience in a responsible position in public or private sector
  • Or MSc /M.S (Electrical/ Electronics/Telecommunications Engineering with major in Telecommunications or in a related discipline with a minimum of eighteen (18) years of experience in a responsible position in public /private sector.
  • The experience of working in the field of Telecommunications/ Regulatory organization will be preferred.

Previous advertisements for this position required PhD in Telecom, Electronics or Electrical Engineering with major in Telecommunications. 15 years of experience and at least 5 years at top management level was also necessary for member (Technical).

A member will be appointed for a period of 4 years. Upon completion of tenure, the member can be re-appointed on similar terms. Members will no longer hold office upon reaching the age of 65 years.

Chosen candidates will have to resign from their existing jobs. They will also have to cut all ties with their parent organization before signing this contract under the MP scale.

The appointed member will not be allowed any third party connections to any other establishment in the telecommunication sector. This includes direct or indirect financial or business connections and applies to establishments both in Pakistan and abroad.

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