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Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Babar Bhatti

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Universal Service Fund Pakistan and Optic Fiber Connectivity for Rural Areas






One of the major achievement by Universal Service Fund of Pakistan is laying optic fiber for underserved remote areas. In one of the recent conferences, someone asked Mr. Parvez Iftikhar about the reason for laying optic fiber in these remote areas of Pakistan. He mentioned that the need is there, the money is there and we are going to work in those area, so why not give them fiber? Great answer. I say, lets get these things done so that the population there has a fighting chance to build their future.

On the World Telecom day, a fiber optic initiative for Balochistan was announced. Universal Service Fund, Ministry of IT, awarded a contract worth Rs. 1.5 billion for providing subsidy for optic fiber connectivity to 12 un-served Tehsils in Central Balochistan. The contract signing was held at an event to commemorate World Telecom and Information Society Day 2010. Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa, Advisor to Prime Minister and Naguibullah Malik, Secretary IT also witnessed the ceremony. SEVP-PTCL, Sikandar Naqi signed the contract with CEO-Universal Service Fund, Parvez Iftikhar.

Through this project, 786 Kms of Optic Fiber Cable will be laid to connect 12 Tehsils of Bhag, Sanni, Dera Bugti, Phelawagh, Sui, Gandawa, Jhal Magsi, Kahan, Kohlu, Maiwand, Chattar and Lehri. The project will benefit nearly 1.5 million people.

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4 Responses to Universal Service Fund Pakistan and Optic Fiber Connectivity for Rural Areas

  1. Patriot says:

    For your information Mr Ignorant Patriot!!!
    The financial audit in USF had been carried out bi annually by companies like KPMG and other world class auditors for last 4 years.
    Recently AGPR has finished its audit as well.
    I being an ex employee of USF was myself involved in those audits….Please go to MOITT / Cabinet division…you will get your copy of the USF Financial audit….But please dont make false arguments that USF Audit was never carried out…

  2. Patriot says:

    As a layman, it is very hard for me to convince myself that why Mr. KHOSA, if he also corrupt not joined hands with the black sheeps of Telecom Sector. Yes, I call them “Black Sheeps” coz they are not letting common people like me to reap the fruits of prosperity from all that so called development of telecom sector in Pakistan. Where is the “Cream” going?

    Why such educated and experienced persons like Mr. Khosa & Mr. Abdi were “shouting” like maniacs? The only reason provided above is Mr. Khosa “want” to induct his relative in ICTRnD fund company. “WANTED” – and assumption. Ok for a little moment we believe this assumption then another questions raises in my mind, Why he asked to advertised the position of CEO at USF, why did not he made sure that the position of CEO at ICT RnD fund gets advertised before that. And why not he made a deal with “so called” keepers of the book who themselves involved in lots of illegal activities.

    For Example: Secretary IT – what is his relationship with Mr. Taseer (Ex-Owner of World Call)? What business he was into with Mr. Taseer. According to books, World Call was doing good business then why all of sudden Mr. Taseer let it go and sold World Call.
    Why a person was given promotions like given to Mr. Najeeb despite of the fact that in his group he was known as below average officer. Why he was given overnight promotions from Deputy Secretary (in BPS 18) to Secretary (in BPS 22). What was the role of Mr. Taseer in this out-of-turn promotions?

    Member Telecom – Why a person who was on 3rd position in the merit list was offered the position and the persons who were super-seeding him not offered? His wife is a working woman, where is she currently appointed and when was she appointed? Previous Member Telecom Mr. Baqai provided this country a number of telecom policies which due to the very nature of this sector expired and needs extensive revisions. During his appointment, how many policies he has given to date to this country. If he can not deliver then why he is being so highly paid. Is this because of he is safe-guarding the interests of these “Black Sheeps” while holding such a key position and got paid from our tax money? The approximate size of grey (Illegal) telecom traffic being terminated in Pakistan is Rs. 50 billion, why this income is not being taxed. We have Ministry of telecom, telecom regulatory authority, then what else we need to legalize this traffic.

    CEO USF – he singed contracts despite of the fact that there was clear “Conflict-of-Interest” and these contracts were in billions of rupees (some says 20 other says 15) but still these are even more than most of my countrymen would ever thought of. In the above ‘story’ SECP rules and regulation, & Companies Ordinance were quoted alot. According to these, Every Company is bound to get its financial audit on yearly basis which is made to public. And i was surprised to know that in the tenure of this “Mr. Clean” and “Mr. So Favourite” financial audit was not undertaken for a single time in USF. Reason – This “Cartel” does not want to disclose its activities. And now they are asking for the extension of such an irresponsible person for another term (i.e. 3 more years).

    Why can’t we put the culprits who are involved in illegal voice termination to justice. Reason is all the persons who were “very polite & Humble” during the standing committee meeting are either involved or watching the interest of this illegal activity.

    Now my question is is Mr. KHOSA is also corrupt then there must be natural inclination between the two whereas, as stated by Mr. Ansar Abbasi, “he faced mutiny-like situation in his own Ministry”. Why the facts are so contrasting then the situation would be?

    Why such a lucrative Ministry was deliberately kept without any public representative (Minister) for a period of two (approximately) years. Reason is no one in this “CARTEL” want to get these matters disclosed. ‘They’ wanted to run the situation in their own way which is quite obvious to all of us.

    To me Mr. Khosa did something terribly wrong by bringing all these facts on table.

    Although i was not the part of Meeting of Standing Committee but the only reason that comes to my mind is No one will keep silent over the rape of his mother and these people were rapping our motherland since long and they wanted to continue. An that is the reason why Mr. Khosa and Mr. Abdi were shouting at Sec IT, Mem-Telecom, USF CEO and Company Secretary.

    I hope, once the inquiry committee find these facts and presented them to Standing Committee, all members of Standing Committee will be shouting at them; and once these findings of Standing Committee will reach all honorable members of Senate, these people will face the same treatment from entire house…..

    Khosa Sb., please do not loose your heart & keep up to your task. Our best wishes and all prays are with you

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