IT Park In Islamabad Will Be Completed By 2022: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

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First of its own kind of Information technology (IT) park in Islamabad will be completed by 2022, the officials of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) briefed the Senate standing committee on Wednesday in the parliament house

ISLAMABAD, (29th May, 2019 ):First of its own kind of Information technology (IT) park in Islamabad will be completed by 2022, the officials of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) briefed the Senate standing committee on Wednesday in the parliament house.

Giving a detailed briefing on IT park to the high-power committee of upper house headed by Senator Rubina Khalid, the officials informed that technical evaluation form Axiom bank was approved on December last year.

Following the decision of the evaluation committee, the contract details were finalized with the consultants on May 23, and the design work for IT park main building will be started on May 30.

The officials to the quarry informed the committee that the design work for the main building of IT park will be completed by November 30, and following this the procurement of the contractor for IT park will be made on March 14, 2020.

The committee was also informed that the civil work for the building will be started on March 31, 2020 and by August 31, 2020 the construction will be completed.

The officials said this is the first public sector IT park in Pakistan where private IT companies will be facilitated to run their offices on rental basis.

Earlier at the outset of the meeting, member PTA Dr Khawar admitted before the committee that pessanger’s data acquired at the time of arrival in the country is misused during the process of mobile registration.

However, PTA blocks the device whenever wrong mobile is registered, Dr Khawar said adding Federal Investigation Agency have some arrests in this regard also on the basis of complaints forwarded to them from PTA.

Staff at the Airport or the travel agents are involved in this dirty business, Dr Khawar said adding PTA’s domain is merely to register the phone whereas data collection is a job or either FIA or FBR.

He said the passenger’s data is not leaked automatically or hacked but it is manually leaked which means that internal staff is involved in this heinous crime.

The convener of the meeting, Senator Rubina Khalid said committee’s intention is to curb the smuggling of mobile phones.

Briefing the committee about the registration process, Dr. Khawar said unregistered device is blocked after 60 days upon receiving a message from the PTA however it can be unblocked after 60 days also by paying the duty.

To another question Dr Khawar informed the committee that minimum seven days stay outside the country is required to bring a phone adding this is a law made by FBR and not by PTA.

Senator Rahman Malik one of the members of the committee however opposed the scheme of mobile registration in the country saying it is an embarrassment for the country that ex-pats and foreigners has to stan-in-que at the airport for mobile registration.

All over the world it is the job of the service provider to register the device which is automatically done at the time of inserting a local sim in the phone or the phone is automatically registered when it is connected with the local network, said senator Malik.

FBR member said PTA will have no objection if FBR issues a notification giving an exemption from mobile registration to the foreigners or ex-pats at the airports.

Officials of the information ministry informed the committee that the present government is committed to revive Telephone Industry of Pakistan for the manufacturing of mobile phone at local level.

To the question raised by Senator Ateeq Shaikh about illegal registration of mobile cost at nominal cost, the member PTA said 750 cases of identity theft were reported to the FIA by PTA and FIA is conducting raids against those involved in identity theft.

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