During PMLN’s tenure AGP finds financial irregularities of Rs6.69 billion in telecom sector

PTA management neither took any action nor terminated the licenses as required by the license condition

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  • The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has highlighted the fraud of Rs6.69bn in the telecom division.
  • PTA is unable to finalize the 16 cases against telecom operators.
  • Audit has raised serious concerns to non-implementation of network rule-out obligations by 11 long distance international (LDI) operators for 14 years.

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Irregularities of Rs6.69 billion in the federal consolidated fund has been found in the telecom sector. The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has highlighted the fraud in the telecom division.

The report issued by audit has raised serious concerns to non-implementation of network rule-out obligations by 11 long distance international (LDI) operators for 14 years.

“PTA management neither took any action nor terminated the licenses as required by the license condition,” it added.

PTA is unable to finalize the 16 cases against telecom operators. In spite the notices that are issued to them with the penalties of amount Rs27.35bn says the audit. Other objection from the audit is the unlawful permission by the PTA for 3G and 4G service without recovering fee. Because of this national exchequer is deprived of its revenue.

There is no submission of Rs6.69bn in the federal consolidated fund by the PTA. Only Rs3.02bn are deposited in the fund in October of 2017 whereas the expenditures surpass over Rs9.72bn.

The second objection made by audit less annual regular dues of Rs2.69bn and other failed recoveries of more than Rs3bn.

Audit Suggestions

The suggestions from the audit says that telecom sector should improve their recovery mechanism. They should further make sure the recovery of outstanding dues. FAB should also investigate the unlawful launch of 4G service without approval by the FAB.

In year, 2018-2019 Special Communication Organization (SCO) had committed irregularities worth of Rs173.20m the report submitted to parliament says.

The SCO management had signed the agreement with M/s ZTE of china in 2016 for a project titled “Replacement of GSM network in AJ&K” amounting to Rs1.62bn. it was further stated by the report that entire amount was paid to ZTE by the management of SCO . Whereas, bill of ladings against imported good did not match with the actual receipt and in some cases entries were erased with black ink.


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