Ufone approaches Islamabad High Court against the NAB inquiry

Ufone approaches Islamabad High Court against the NAB inquiry

A Pakistani GSM cellular service provider, Ufone approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the anti-corruption watchdog for initiating an inquiry against the cellular company in connection with the alleged illegal award of next-generation mobile service.

According to the details, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had issued a call-up notice to the chief regulatory head of Ufone, Naveed Butt last month, in connection with an inquiry against the management of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for an illegal award of next-generation mobile service (4G/LTE) to M/s PTML/Ufone.

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The notice issued by the NAB stated that “the competent authority has taken the cognizance of an offence committed by the subject accused person under the provisions of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999”.

The notice also stated that the subject inquiry revealed that “you are in possession of information/evidence regarding illegal award of LTE/4G to M/s PTML/Ufone without auction under pretext of technology neutrality concept which relates to the commission of said offence”.

In the petition filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), cellular company Ufone mentioned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had initiated the inquiry in order to harass the management of the company.

“NAB was also seeking an information from Ufone regarding the award of 4G/LTE which was already available with it or all the information could be obtained from the regulators of the cellular companies operating in the country,” the petition said.

Ufone claimed that the entire process to start probe against the company was based on mala fide intentions and requested the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to set aside the call-up notice.

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