After initial inquiry and findings, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman, Justice retired Javed Iqbal, has approved an investigation against two PML-N former ministers Anusha Rahman, Minister for Information Technology (IT), former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and other Pakistan Telecommunication Authority higher management.
The Investigation was launched against Anusha Rahman in a case related to the alleged illegal award of agreement of the Next Generation Mobile Services NGMS (3G/4G). This inquiry decision was taken at a NAB Executive Board Meeting (EBM), headed by Chairman NAB himself.
The meeting attended by other senior officials also approved investigation against former Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr. Ismail Shah, former Director PTA Amjad Mustafa, former DGs PTA Rizwan Ahmed and Wasim Tariq, former members PTA Abdul Samad and Tariq Sultan and Warid officials.
Former IT Minister and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chief Dr Ismail Shah are suspects of allowing Warid Telecom to launch 3G-4G services in the country without buying a license that produced massive losses to the national exchequer.
Warid was the only cellular service provider that did not take part in April 2014’s spectrum auction, mainly due to being on the verge of bankruptcy. The company, however, planned their way and acquired a special permission from PTA to launch 4G/LTE service on its technology-neutral license.
Anusha Rehman and PTA chairman Ismail Shah have previously been interrogated by the NAB for alleged financial misappropriation in the 3G-4G agreement the current investigation against will also look into the matter.