January 26, 2007

PTA To Spread Telecom Services In FATA: Chairman PTA

Islamabad:  Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Maj. Gen. (R) Shahzada Alam Malik has said that efforts will be fuelled for the provision of enhanced telecom services to the people of NWFP in general and the FATA in particular.

He made this assurance to the members of the Upper House from FATA who met him here today at PTA Headquarters. Briefing the Senators Mr. Abdul Raaziq, Engineer Rasheed, Hameedullah Jan Afridi and Hafiz Abdul Malik Qadri, the Chairman said that PTA is already focusing on the spread of telecom facilities in un-served and underserved areas. In this regard, far-off areas of Balochistan and Tribal Regions of NWFP are the utmost priorities of the regulator. He said that telecom service providers especially cellular mobile phone operators are being pursued by the PTA to make their services available in the FATA.

At this occasion, Senators appreciated PTA endeavors for the spread of telecom services across the country and the growth shown by telecom sector during the recent years. They highlighted the telecom services requirements in their respective areas. They also spoke about the issues being faced by the FATA population in having better fixed and mobile telecom facilities.


Khurram Ali Mehran

Deputy Director (PR)