Telecom Act 1996 – Telecommunication Re-Organization Act 1996 (Revised in 2006)

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CHAPTER I               PRELIMINARY

CHAPTER II              PAKISTAN TELECOMMUNICTION AUTHORITY

CHAPTER III            LICENSING

CHAPTER III A        SPECIAL FUNDS

CHAPTER IV             PAKISTAN TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANY LIMITED

CHAPTER V              NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION CORPORATION

CHAPTER VI             FREQUENCY ALLOCATION BOARD

CHAPTER VII           PAKISTAN TELECOMMUNICATION EMPLOYEES TRUST

CHAPTER VIII          MISCELLANEOUS

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THE GAZETTE OF PAKISTAN
EXTRAORDINARY
Acts, Ordinances, President’s Orders and Regulation
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
Islamabad, Part. I, 17th October, 1996
The following Acts of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) received the assent of the Presidenton the 13th October, 1996, and are hereby published for general information:
1Act No. XVII OF 1996
An Act to provide for re-organization of telecommunication System
WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for re-organization of telecommunication system in Pakistan by establishing the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the Frequency Allocation Board, National Telecommunication Corporation and the PakistanTelecommunication Employees Trust, regulation of telecommunication industry, transferof telecommunication services to private sector and for matter connected therewith orincidental thereto;
It is hereby enacted as follows: —

CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY

1. Short title, extent and commencement.—(1) This Act may be called the
Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act, 1996.
(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.
(3) It shall come into force at once.
2. Definitions. —In this Act unless there is anything repugnant in the subject
or context, —
1 Applied to FATA by SRO 717(1)/2001, dated: 18-10-2001.

(a)
[xxx] [‘Access Promotion Contribution (APC)’ means the payments made
by LDI Licensees to LL Licensees or to the Universal Service Fund
pursuant to the rules made under this Act;]2
[(ab)
“appropriate Government” means –

(i)
in relation to a right of way owned or managed by any person,
local authorities within its territory, corporation or other publicbodies created by or under any provincial law, the respective
provincial government; and
(j)
in relation to any right of way owned or managed by any person,
local authorities not within any province or corporations or otherbodies created by or under any federal law, the federal
government;]3
[(ac)
“Approved Crypto Apparatus” means the hardware or software or
combination of both, or the ciphering facilities, used for conversion ofplain text into cipher text and vice versa and of which Federal Governmenthas granted approval and Electronic Certification Accreditation Councilestablished under section 18 of the Electronic Transaction Ordinance,
2002 (LI of 2002), has granted accreditation certificate for its use forprivate sector;

(ad)
“Authority” means the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority establishedunder section 3;]4

(a)
“basic telephone service” means the provision of any telecommunicationservice which consists of—
(i)
two-way live voice telephone service, in digital form or otherwise,
over any public fixed switched network or between base stations orswitches or modes of any public mobile switched network;
(ii)
real-time transmission or reception of facsimile images over a
public fixed switched network;
(iii)
international telephony service; and
(iv)
the lease of circuits for the provision of the services specified insub-clauses (i), (ii) and (iii);
(b)
“Board” means the Frequency Allocation Board established under section42;
3 Substituted and Inserted by Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
4 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(c)
“Company” means the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limitedestablished and incorporated in accordance with section 34;
(d)
“Corporation” means the Pakistan Telecommunication Corporationestablished under the Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Act, 1991(XVII of 1991);
(e)
“effective date” for the Authority, Board, Company, National
Telecommunication Corporation, or the Trust means the date on whichproperty, right and liabilities of the Corporation are vested under section35 in the Authority or, as the case may be, Board, Company, NationalTelecommunication Corporation or the Trust;
[(fa)
“Federal Government” means the Federal Government in the Ministry ofInformation Technology and Telecommunication Division, unless for anyspecific purpose specified otherwise by notification in the official Gazette
notification or amendment in the Rules of business, 1973,;]5

(f)
“intelligence” means any speech, sound, data, signal, writing, image orvideo;
(g)
“licence” means an authorization granted by the Authority for the
establishment, operation or maintenance of any telecommunication systemor provision of any telecommunication service;
(h)
“international telephony service” means any direct or indirect
telecommunication service, whether or not in digital form, conveyed byany means between a point in Pakistan and a point in another country,
other than radio/broadcasting or television broadcasting;
(i)
“licencee” means the grantee or holder of a licence;
(j)
“network termination point” means any point of termination on a
telecommunication system at which terminal equipment may be
connected;
(k)
“National Telecommunication Corporation” means the corporation to be
established under section 41;
(l)
“prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
[(ma)
“Private Right of Way” means the right of way, which is owned, managed,
maintained or repaired by anyone other than a public authority;

5 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(mb)
“Public Authority” in relation to a road, railway or watercourse means the
local authority, corporation, provincial or federal government or any otherpubic body, which is responsible for the maintenance, repair or
management or owns that road, railway or watercourse;

(mc)
“Public Right of Way” means the right of way, which is owned, managed,
maintained or repaired by a public authority.]6

(m)
“public switched network” means a telecommunication system which
allows intelligence to be switched between members of the public;
(n)
“public fixed switched network” means any public switched network otherthan a public mobile switched network;
(o)
“public mobile switched network” means a public switched network usingwireless [xxxx]7[intelligence]8 where the terminal equipment used for theemission or reception of intelligence may be connected to the network and[could be]9used while in motion;
(p)
“regulations” means the regulations made under this Act;
[(qa)
“R&D Fund” means the Research and Development Fund established
under sub-section (1) of section 33C;

(qb)
“Right of Way” means the land acquired for the purpose of construction of
a road, railway, or watercourse, or area astride a road, railway or
watercourse, the limits of which are notified by the relevant Public
Authority;

(qc)
“scarce resources” means radio frequency spectrum, right of way and
numbering; and]10

(q)
“telecommunication equipment” means switches, equipment, wires,
cables, apparatus, poles, structures, ducts, man-holes and other tangible
property, software and data, other than terminal equipment, comprising
any telecommunication system or used in connection with any
telecommunication service;
6 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

7 Omitted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

8 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
9 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

10 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(r)
“terminal equipment” means any apparatus directly or indirectly connectedto any network termination point and used for sending, processing orreceiving intelligence;
(s)
“telecommunication employees” means the employees of the Corporationwho are transferred to the employment of the company under this Act,
other than those to whom sub-section (3) of section 36 applies, and allpersons, who, on the effective date for the Company, were employees ofthe Corporation, the former Telegraph and Telephone Department of the
Federal Government and are receiving, or are entitled to receive,
pensionary benefits from the Corporation;
(t)
“telecommunication system” means any electrical, electro-magnetic,
electronic, optical or optio-electronic system for the emission,
conveyance, switching or reception of any intelligence within, or into, orfrom, Pakistan, whether or not that intelligence is subjected to rearrangement,
computation or any other process in the course of operationof the system, and includes a cable transmission system, a cable televisiontransmission system and terminal equipment;
(u)
“telecommunication service” means a service consisting in the emission,
conveyance, switching or reception of any intelligence within, or into, orfrom, Pakistan by any electrical, electro-magnetic, electronic, optical oroptio-electronic system, whether or not the intelligence is subjected to rearrangement,
computation or any other process in the course of the
service;
(v)
“Trust” means the Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust
established under section 44;
(w)
“trustees” means the board of trustees of the Trust;
[(xa) “USF” means the Universal Services Fund established under sub-section (1)
of section 33A.]11

(x)
“video” means any visual images which are such that sequences of themmay be seen as moving images;
(y)
“wireless telegraphy apparatus” shall have the same meaning as assignedto it in The Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 (XVII of 1933).
CHAPTER II

11 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

PAKISTAN TELECOMMUNICTION AUTHORITY

3. Establishment of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.—(1) As soon
as may be, after the commencement of this Act, the Federal Government shall, bynotification in the official Gazette, establish an authority to be known as the PakistanTelecommunication Authority which shall be a body corporate, having perpetualsuccession and a common seal with powers, subject to the provisions of this Act, toacquire and hold property, both moveable and immovable, and to sue and be sued by its
name.
(2) The Authority shall consist of three members one of whom shall be a
professional telecommunication engineer and other shall be a financial expert, to beappointed by the Federal Government for a term of four years and shall be eligible forappointment for a similar term or terms[:]12
[provided that the Federal Government may fix the number of members of the Authoritynot less than three and prescribe their qualifications and mode of appointment.]13

(3) The Federal Government shall, from amongst the members appointed
under sub-section (2), appoint a member to be the Chairman of the Authority.
(4) A member of the Authority shall not have any direct or indirect financialinterest in, or have business connection with any person, any establishment or firm whichrenders telecommunication services in Pakistan or abroad or supplies telecommunicationequipment to any telecommunication sector in Pakistan or abroad.
Explanation.—For the purpose of this sub-section, any involvement of the spouse
or blood relation of any member of the Authority with any telecommunication
establishment or firm shall be considered as a direct financial interest or connection of the
member with such establishment or firm.

(5) A member of the Authority may resign from his office by writing in hishand addressed to the Federal Government, or may be removed from his office if, on aninquiry by the Federal Public Service Commission, he is found unable to perform thefunctions of his office because of mental or physical disability or misconduct, includingcorruption and dishonesty.
(6) In case of death, resignation or removal of a member of the authority,
another person may be appointed as such member for the term specified at sub-section(2).
(7) [xxx] 14[ The member of the Authority shall be paid the salary and be entitledto the privileges of an officer in MP-II and the Chairman shall be paid the salary and beentitled to the privileges of an officer in MP-I.]15
12 substituted and Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
13 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(8)
The powers of the Authority in the matters relating to its administration and the staffof the Authority shall be exercised by the Chairman[,including those mentioned insection 10, in accordance with regulations made by the Authority pursuant to subsection
(3) of section 10 and other relevant regulations made by the Authorityfrom time to time.]16
(9) The decision of the Authority shall, subject to sub-section (8), be takenwith the concurrence of the majority of its members.
(10) [Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (8),]17 no act or
proceeding of the Authority shall be invalid by reason only of the existence of a vacancyin, or a defect in, the constitution of the Authority.
4.
Functions of the Authority.—(1) The Authority shall—
(a)
regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of
telecommunication systems and the provision of
telecommunication services in Pakistan;
(b)
receive and expeditiously dispose of applications for the use ofradio-frequency spectrum;
(c)
promote and protect the interests of users of telecommunicationservices in Pakistan;
(d)
promote the availability of a wide range of high quality, efficient,
cost effective and competitive telecommunication services
throughout Pakistan;
(e)
promote rapid modernization of telecommunication systems and
telecommunication services;
(f)
investigate and adjudicate on complaints and other claims made
against licensees arising out of alleged contraventions of the
provisions of this Act, the rules made and licences issued
thereunder and take action accordingly;
14 omitted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act, 2006 [The member
of the Authority shall be entitled to the same salary and privileges as are available from time to time to anofficer in Basic Pay Scale 21 and the Chairman shall be entitled to the salary and privileges as areadmissible to an officer in Basic Pay Scale 22 or such higher emoluments as the Federal Government maydetermine.

15 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

16 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
17 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(g)
make recommendations to the Federal Government on policies
with respect to international telecommunications, provision of
support for participation in international meetings and agreementsto be executed in relation to the routing of international traffic andaccounting settlements;[xxx]18
(h)
perform such other functions as the Federal Government may,
from time to time, assign to it;
[(i)
regulate arrangements amongst telecommunication service
providers of sharing their revenue derived from provision of
telecommunication service;

(j)
ensure effective compliance by licensees with Universal ServicesObligations;
(k)
regulate Access Promotion Contribution;
(l)
settle disputes between licensees; and
(m)
regulate competition in the telecommunication sector and protectconsumer rights.]19
5. Powers of the Authority.—(1) The Authority shall exercise all powers asshall enable it to effectively perform its functions specified in section 4.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing
power, the Authority shall—
(a)
grant and renew licences for any telecommunication system andany telecommunication service on payment of such fees as it may,
from time to time specify;
(b)
monitor and enforce licences;
(c)
receive applications for the use of radio frequency spectrum andsubject, where applicable, to grant of licences under clause (a),
refer such applications to the Board for assignment of spectrumwithin a period of thirty days;
(d)
modify licences or conditions thereof in accordance with section21 of section 22;
(e)
establish or modify accounting procedure for licences and regulate
tariffs for telecommunication service in accordance with sections
25 and 26;
(f)
regulate the transfer of licences;
18[and] omitted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
19 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(g)
prescribe standards for telecommunication equipment and terminalequipment, certify compliance of such equipment with prescribedstandards, and issue approvals of terminal equipment and of
approved installers under section 29;
(h)
provide guidelines for, and determine, the terms of interconnection
arrangements between licensees where the parties to those
arrangements are unable to agree upon such terms;
(i)
carry out inspections of telecommunication equipment and anypremises owned or occupied by the licencees and summon anyperson for investigation and an enquiry;
(j)
appoint an Administrator in circumstances provided in section 23;
(k)
develop national telecommunication numbering plans;
(l)
collect information with respect to telecommunications within andoutside Pakistan and review the impact thereof;
(m)
enter into contracts;
(n)
acquire, lease, encumber, dispose of, exchange, vest or otherwise
deal with any moveable or immovable property or any interesttherein; [xxx]20
(o)
issue regulations for exercising its powers and performance of itsfunctions;
[(p)
levy fee and other charges at such rates and in respect of suchservices as may be fixed by it from time to time not exceeding the
limits as specified by a Committee of the Cabinet: and

(q)
regulate the allocation of revenues from international telephonyservice, other than revenues from leased circuits, between
interconnecting licensees that handle international telephony
service and between any such licensee; and
(r)
If it considers appropriate to do so, undertake an auction on suchterms and conditions as the Authority may determine from time totime, or other open transparent competitive process to determine
eligibility for licensing the Boards allocated or assigned specific
portions of radio frequency spectrum.]21
20 omitted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
21 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

6. Responsibilities of the Authority.—In exercising its functions and
powers under this Act, the Authority shall ensure that—
(a)
rights of licensees are duly protected;
(b)
all of its decisions and determinations are made promptly, in an
open equitable, non-discriminatory, consistent and transparent
manner;
(c)
all applications made to it are disposed of expeditiously;
(d)
the persons affected by its decisions or determinations are given a
due notice thereof and provided with an opportunity of beingheard;
(e)
[xxx]22, fair competition in the telecommunication sector existsand is maintained; and
(f)
the interests of users of telecommunication services are duly
safeguarded and protected.
7. Appeal and revision.— (1) A person aggrieved by any decision or orderof the Authority on the ground that it is contrary to the provisions of this Act, may, withinthirty days of the receipt of such decision or order, appeal to the High Court[
[[or to any
other tribunal established by the federal government for the purpose,] 23 in the manner
prescribed by the High Court for filing the first appeal before that Court[or the tribunal]
24and the Court [
[[or the tribunal]25 shall decide such appeal within ninety days.

(2) A person aggrieved by any decision or order of any officer of the
Authority acting under the delegated powers of the Authority may, within thirty days ofthe receipt of the decision or order, appeal to the Authority in prescribed manner and theAuthority shall decide such appeal within thirty days.
(3)[xxxx]26

8. Powers of the Federal Government to issue policy directives.—(1) TheFederal Government may, as and when it considers necessary, issue policy directives tothe Authority, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Act, on the matters relating to
22 omitted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
[ it encourages, except subject to the exclusive right of the Company in basic telephone service]
23 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
24 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
25 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
26 omitted[ Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2), any person aggrieved by any decision or order of theAuthority may, instead of filing an appeal under that sub-section, within thirty days of such decision or order, make an
application for a revision of the decision or, as the case may be, order to the Federal Government, through theSecretary, Ministry of Communications, Government of Pakistan who will decide the appeal within sixty days] through

Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

telecommunication policy referred to in sub-section (2), and the Authority shall complywith such directives.

(2) The matters on which the Federal Government may issue policy directives
shall be—
(a)
the number and term of the licenses to be granted in respect oftelecommunication systems which are public switched networks,
telecommunication services over public switched networks and
international telecommunication services, and the conditions on
which those Licenses should be granted;[xxx]27
[(aa)
framework for telecommunication sector development and scarce
resources; and

(2a)
Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2), the Cabinetor any committee authorized by the Cabinet may issue any policydirective on any matter related to telecommunication sector, notinconsistent with the provisions of this Act,. And such directivesshall be binding on the Authority.]28

(b)
the nationality, residence and qualifications of persons to whomlicenses for public switched networks may be issued or transferredor the persons by whom licensees may be controlled; and
(c)
requirements of national security and of relationships between
Pakistan and the Government of any other country or territoryoutside Pakistan and other States or territories outside Pakistan.
(3) The Federal Government may, from time to time, call for reports on the
activities of the Authority and Board and provide for representation in meetings of
international telecommunication organizations.
9.
Delegation of powers — [xxx]29
[The Authority may, by general or special order, delegate any of its powers, functions orduties as it may deem fit, from time to time, to the Chairman, member, or any of itsofficers subject to such conditions as it may deem fit to impose:

Provided that the delegation of such powers, functions or duties shall not includethe powers, functions or duties under clauses (a), (d), (e), (f),(h), (n) and (o) of section5.]30

27 omitted [and] through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
28 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
29 Sustituted [The Authority may, by general or special order, delegate any of its powers under clauses (g),
(i), (k) and (l) of section 5 to any of its officer subject to such conditions as it may think fit to impose.]
through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

30 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

10. Appointment of employees.—(1) For performance of its functions, theAuthority may, from time to time, employ,[xxxxx31], such persons and on such terms and
conditions as it may consider necessary.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers, the Authority
may—
(a)
appoint and remove its employees and exercise discipline and
control over them;
(b)
regulate and manage its internal organization, set up divisionswithin the Authority and make appropriate appointments to those
divisions; and
(c)
appoint advisory bodies, consultants and advisors on contract toadvise the Authority in relation to its functions or powers.
(3) The Authority may make regulations for appointment, promotion,
termination and other terms and conditions of employment of its employees.
11. Members and employees.—The members and employees of the
Authority shall be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Pakistan PenalCode (Act XLV of 1860).
12. Budget statement.—(1) The Authority shall, in respect of each financialyear, prepare its own budget and submit to the Federal Government three months beforethe commencement of every financial year for [xxxx]32[information]33
(2) The budget statement shall specifically state the estimated receipts andexpenditure and the sums which are likely to be required by the Authority from theFederal Government for the relevant financial year.
(3) Any surplus of receipts over the actual expenditure in a year shall be
remitted to the Federal Consolidated Fund and any deficit from the actual expenditureshall be made up by the Federal Government.
13. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Fund.—(1) There shall be afund to be known as the “Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Fund” which shall vestin the Authority and shall be utilized by the Authority to meet all its expenses andcharges in connection with its functions under this Act, including the payment of salariesand other remuneration to its employees.
31 Omitted through [within the sanctioned strength] Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization)
(Amendment) Act,200632 substituted [approval] through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

33 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(2) The bank accounts of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Fundshall be maintained with the National Bank of Pakistan.
(3) The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Fund shall be financed fromthe following sources, namely: —
(a)
fees and other amounts received by the Authority;
(b)
grants from the Federal Government and the Provincial
Governments, including an initial grant of fifty million rupees bythe Federal Government;
(c)
loans obtained from the Federal Government;
(d)
sale proceeds of bonds issued under the authority of the FederalGovernment; and
(e)
loans and foreign aid obtained by the Authority with the approvalof the Federal Government.
14. Maintenance of accounts.— The accounts of the Authority shall be
maintained in such form and in such manner as the Federal Government may determinein consultation with the Auditor-General of Pakistan.
15. Audit.—(1) The accounts of the Authority shall be audited at the close ofeach financial year by the Auditor-General of Pakistan.
(2) The Authority shall produce such accounts, books and documents and
furnish such explanations and information as the Auditor-General or any officer
authorized by him in this behalf may require for the purpose of audit.
(3) Copies of the Auditor-General’s report on the accounts shall be providedto the Authority and the Federal Government and shall also be available for publicinspection.
(4) The Authority may, in addition to the audit under sub-section (1), cause itsaccounts to be audited by any other external auditors.
16. Authority to be deemed to be a local authority.—For the purpose ofborrowing money, the Authority shall be a local authority within the meaning of theLocal Authorities Loans Act, 1914(IX of 1914), and any work undertaken in exercise ofits powers under this Act shall be deemed to be a ‘work’ under that Act.
17. Liability of the Federal Government to be limited.—The liability of the
Federal Government under this Act to the creditors of the Authority shall be limited tothe extent of any grants made by it and the loans raised by the Authority with theapproval of the Federal Government.

18. Submission of yearly report, returns, etc.—(1) As soon as possible afterthe end of every financial year but before the last day of September next following, theAuthority shall submit a report to the Federal Government on the conduct of its affairs,
including action taken for protection of consumers interests, for that year.
(2) A copy of the report specified in sub-section (1) together with a copy ofthe audit report referred to in section 15 shall be placed before the National Assemblywithin three months after the finalization of the audit report by the Auditor General.
(3) The public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly may scrutinisesand examine the reports referred to in sub-section (2) in the same manner as it examinesand scrutinises the reports of various Ministries and Divisions of the Federal
Government.
(4) For the purpose of carrying on its functions under this Act, the Federalgovernment may require the Authority to supply any return, statement, estimate, statisticsor other information in respect of any matter under the control of the Authority or a copyof any document in the custody of the Authority.
19. 34[xxxxx]
CHAPTER III

LICENSING

20. Licensing of telecommunication services.—(1) No person shall
establish, maintain or operate any telecommunication system or provide any
telecommunication service unless he has obtained a licence under this Act:
Provided that no licence shall be required for—

(a)
provision of terrestrial wireless radio broadcasting and Televisionbroadcasting within Pakistan;
(b)
the establishment, maintenance or operation of a
telecommunication system or the provision of any
telecommunication service which does not include or use anywireless telegraphy apparatus and is not connected to any othertelecommunication system and where all the telecommunicationequipment comprised in the former system is established or
34 Omitted by the Finance Act, 1997 (XXII of 1997), s.10.[Exemption from taxes.—
Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, the
Authority shall not be liable to pay, and shall be exempt from the payment of, any taxes,
duties, levies, charges and fees payable under, or in pursuant to any law, in respect of anyof its business, assets, income, or wealth.]

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provided by a person for his own use and under his own controland is situated either in a single set of premises in single
occupation within a single unbroken boundary or in a vehicle,
vessel, aircraft or hovercraft;

(c)
the operation by an individual of a telecommunication systemwhich is wholly under his control and all information conveyed byit is solely for his own domestic purposes;
(d)
the operation of a telecommunication system or provision of atelecommunication service by the police, national security or
armed forces; or
(e)
the connection by any person of terminal equipment to a
telecommunication system other than a public switched network orfor its connection to a public switched network if such equipmentis approved for connection to that network; or
(f)
national and international telecommunication systems of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Intelligence Bureau and Inter-ServicesIntelligence Directorate of the Government of Pakistan.
(2) No licensee shall establish, maintain or operate any telecommunicationsystem or provide any telecommunication service which is not authorized under thelicence.
Explanation.— Any breach of this sub-section shall, for the purposes of this Act,
the rules or the licence, be treated as a contravention of the conditions of the licence.

21. Exclusive power of the Authority to grant licenses.—(1) All licensesreferred to in section 20 shall be granted by the Authority which, in considering anyapplication shall take into account the following factors, namely: —
(a)
the technical and financial resources of the applicant;
(b)
the public interest and benefits to users of telecommunication
services; and
(c)
policy directives of the Federal Government issued under section 8above.
(2) A licence granted by the Authority under this section may be grantedeither to a person, class of persons, company or corporation.
(3)
[xxxx]35 No licence shall confer exclusive rights.
35 Omitted [ Except for the license granted to the Company for basic telephone service,] through PakistanTelecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(4) Every licence granted under this Act may, inter alia, contain—
(a)
conditions requiring the licensee to adhere to the provisions of thisAct and the rules and regulations made thereunder;
(b)
conditions requiring the licensee to pay the fees for grant or
renewal of the licence;
(c)
conditions requiring the licensee to allow inspection by the
Authority of any premises or telecommunication equipment,
wherever situated, and to furnish to the Authority such informationas may be required by the Authority;
(d)
restrictions as to the types of telecommunication system or
telecommunication service to be provided by the licensee, the area
and period of operation and the types of telecommunication
equipment that may be included in its telecommunication system;
(e)
obligation to ensure that only terminal equipment which is
approved for connection to the telecommunication system in
question is so connected;
(f)
obligation to monitor use of the licensed telecommunication
service or telecommunication system and to disconnect
telecommunication service from any user who, after written notice,
misuses it;
(g)
obligations to provide telecommunication service to particularpersons or areas to meet minimum standards for quality and grade
of services requirements;
(h)
obligation not to interrupt service except for failure of the customer
to comply with his contractual obligations or out of genuinetechnical necessity or by reason of circumstances to which section54 applies;
(i)
restrictions on the licensee giving undue preference to, or unfairlydiscriminating against, any person;
(j)
restrictions or limitations on transfer or assignment of the licence;
(k)
conditions relating to the preservation or the transfer or dispositionof telecommunication equipment and other assets used in
connection with any public switched network; [xxx]36
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(l)
obligations for protection of consumers interest;
[(m)
conditions requiring the licensee to contribute to Research and
Development Fund and Universal Service Fund; and

(n)
conditions as to the security provided by a licensee to support thefulfillment of the licensee’s obligations in the license, and the
realization on such security by the Authority.]37
(5) Subject to sub-section (7) and section 39 any person who, on
commencement of this Act, holds an authorization, licence or permit validly issued underany law in force on that date for the establishment, maintenance or operation of anytelecommunication system or the provision of any telecommunication service shall,
unless it is contrary to the provisions of this Act and the rules and regulations madethereunder, be deemed to hold a licence in accordance with the provisions of this Act fora period of twelve months from the commencing date.
(6) Every person deemed to be a licensee under sub-section (5) shall, withinthree months from the commencement of this Act, supply to the Authority full details ofhis authorization, licence or permit, as the case may be, and apply for continuance of thelicence under this Act.
(7) Where the Authority, on reviewing the authorization, licence or permitreferred to in sub-section (6), is satisfied that such authorization, licence or permit, as thecase may be, had been validly issued under the laws, rules or regulations in force at thecommencement of this Act, the Authority shall, within nine months of the date of theapplication made to it, issue an order that the person authorized thereunder, licensee orthe permit-holder shall be a licensee under this Act till the expiry of the term of theauthorization, licence or permit with such modifications thereto as the Authority mayconsider appropriate.
(8) If the Authority is not satisfied that an authorization, licence or permitreferred to in sub-section (5) was validly issued for any reason, it shall, by an order,
direct that the deemed licence shall expire from the date of such order.
(9) The Authority shall maintain a register of licences, showing applicationsfor licences received, enforcement orders relating to licences issued and details of licencerevoked.
(10) The register referred to in sub-section (9) shall be open to publicinspection and a person may obtain a copy thereof subject to payment of such fee as maybe prescribed by regulations.
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22. Modification of licence conditions.—(1) Subject to sub-section (2), theAuthority shall have the right to modify a licence or its conditions with the consent of thelicensee:
[xxx]38

(2) [xxxx]39[ If the Authority and a licensee cannot agree to modificationproposed by the Authority to a license condition, the Authority and the licensee shallresolve their difference or dispute through consultation and negotiation. If the licenseeand the Authority fail to amicably resolve such difference or dispute, either party maymake an application to the High Court or a Tribunal established by the Federal
Government for the purpose and the High Court or as the case may be the Tribunal shallexercise exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate and settle all matters connected therewithand in exercise of such jurisdiction, the High Court or the Tribunal as the case may beshall follow the procedure, as nearly as possible, as provided in the Code of CivilProcedure, 1908 (Act V of 1908):
Provided that no such amendment shall very the tenure or scope of a license.]40

[(3) After the expiry of the initial or renewed term the license may be renewed on
terms and conditions consistent with the policy directive, if any, of the Federal
Government at the relevant time.]41

23. Issue of enforcement orders and penalties.—(1) Where a licensee
contravenes any provision of this Act or the rules made thereunder or any term orcondition of the licence, the Authority[ or any of its officers not below the rank ofdirector]42 may by a written notice require the licensee to show cause within thirty daysas to why an enforcement order may not be issued.
(2) The notice referred to in sub-section (1) shall specify the nature of the
contravention and the steps to be taken by the licensee to remedy the contravention.
(3) Where a licensee fails to—
38 omitted[Provided that the license for basic telephone service of the Company shall not, except with its consent, beamended during the period of its exclusive rights]through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization)
(Amendment) Act,2006
39 omitted[If the Authority and a licensee cannot agree to any amendment proposed by the Authority to a licensecondition, either party may refer the issue to the Corporate Law Authority for resolution, in accordance with theregulations and the decision of the Corporate Law Authority on the said issue shall be final:

Provided that no such amendment shall vary the tenure or scope of a license] through PakistanTelecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

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(a)
respond to the notice referred to in sub-section (1); or
(b)
satisfy the Authority about the alleged contravention; or
(c)
remedy the contravention within the time allowed by the
Authority, [
[[or any of its officers not below the rank of director]43,
the Authority[ or any of its officers not below the rank of
director]44, may, by an order in writing and giving reasons—
(i)
levy fine which may extend to three hundred and fifty
million rupees; or
(ii)
suspend or terminate the licence, impose additional
conditions or appoint an Administrator to manage the
affairs of the licensee, but only if the contravention is graveor persistent.
(4) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1) and sub-section (3),
the Authority [or any of its officers not below the rank of director]45 may, by an order in
writing, suspend or terminate a licence or appoint an Administrator, if the licensee—
(a)
becomes insolvent or a receiver is appointed in respect of a
substantial part of the assets;
(b)
being an individual, become insane or dies.
Explanation—For the purpose of this section, the Administrator
shall be appointed from amongst the persons having professional knowledge and
experience of telecommunication.

24. Powers of Administrator.—(1) An Administrator appointed under subsection
(3) or sub-section (4) of section 23 shall have such powers relating to the
management of the licensee, the preservation of assets and for the purpose of remedyingany contravention of the conditions of any licence and for ensuring compliance with anyorders issued by the Authority as may be prescribed.
(2) Having satisfied that the contravention leading to the appointment ofAdministrator has been remedied or the order of the Authority has been complied withthe Authority shall withdraw the order appointing the Administrator and the
Administrator shall forthwith hand over the management of the licensee to the personfrom whom such management was taken.
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44 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006
45 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(3) The Authority or the Administrator shall not be liable for any loss or
damages caused by any act or omission of the Administrator undertaken in good faith.
25. Accounting procedures, investments and contracts.—(1) The Authoritymay require any licensee to establish and maintain specified accounting procedure inorder to enable the Authority to obtain all relevant information required for determiningthe tariff under section 26 or for exercise any other power of the Authority under section
5.
(2) Accounting procedures once established may only be modified by the
Authority after providing reasons and an opportunity of being heard to the licensee.
(3) No licensee shall enter into any agreement or arrangement which is
inconsistent with any obligation of the licensee under this Act, the rules or any conditionattaching to its licence; and any such agreement or arrangement shall to such extent bevoid.
26. Tariffs.—The level of tariffs for telecommunication services including
basic telephone service shall be regulated by the Authority in accordance with the
regulations and the following general principles, namely: —
(a)
the regulations shall be made with a view to achieving the greatestpossible degree of pricing flexibility and stability compatible withsafeguarding and protecting the interests of consumers;
(b)
the regulations shall apply equally to comparable providers or
users of any regulated telecommunication service;
(c)
the criteria used for the establishment of tariff shall regularly be
published three months before the criteria is adopted;
(d)
tariffs shall be at a level which provides a reasonable rate of return
on investments taking into account the cost of operation; and
(e)
there shall be no cross-subsidization of other telecommunication
services by basic telephone service.
27. Privileges of licensee of public switched network.—(1)Every licensee ofpublic switched network shall subject to the conditions of the licence, be entitled to suchrights and privileges as were available to the Federal Government and the Corporation onthe commencing day in respect of telecommunication services and telecommunicationsystem under the Easement Act, 1882(V of 1882), Telegraph Act, 1885(XIII of 1885),
the Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Act, 1991 (XVIII of 1991), or any otherlaw for the time being in force.
(2) For the purpose of Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (1 of 1894), acquisition ofland or any interest in land by a licensee of a public switched network for the purposes ofthe licence shall be deemed to be acquisition for a “public purpose”.

[27-A.Right of Way: (1) For the purpose of the installation or maintenance of its
telecommunication equipment or for the purpose of establishing or maintaining itstelecommunication system, every licensee shall, subject to the conditions provided in the
section and the policy directive issued by the Federal Government under section 8, havethe right to share any Public Right of Way or Private Right of Way.

(2) In order to enjoy the rights granted by this section, the licensee shallrequest the owner of such Right of Way to approve the mode of execution of the works itproposes to undertake. If the owner of such Right of Way does not respond to such
request within a period of thirty days, such request shall be deemed to have been granted.
While granting such request the owner of the Right of Way may impose such conditionsas to the payment of fees and the mode or timing of the execution of such work as may bereasonable in the circumstances:
Provided that any right granted by this section shall be exercised equitably,
ensuring proper compensation of the owner of Right of Way and the access so provide tothe licensee will not adversely affect the owner of the Right of Way.

(3) the licensee shall exercise the powers conferred by this section in such a
manner as to cause minimal interference of the enjoyment of the Right of Way by theowner or other users thereof and if no fee are to be paid by the licensee to the owner ofthe Right of Way, the licensee shall make reasonable reparation to the owner of suchRight of Way.
(4) The fee payable by a licensee to a Public Authority for the use of a Public
Right of Way, shall be such reasonable amount as is assessed by the Public Authorityafter taking all relevant factors into consideration, including the laws applicable to thePublic Authority and the relevant laws applicable in the district in which such Right ofWay is situated.
(5) In consideration of the use of a Private Right of Way, the licensee shallpay such fee to the owner of such Private Right of Way as may be mutually agreedbetween the licensee and such owner or in the absence of such agreement, such
reasonable amount as may be demanded by t the owner of such Private Right of Way.
(6) In the event of a dispute as to the refusal by the owner of a Private Rightof Way to allow a licensee to exercise its powers under this section or the reasonablenessof any condition imposed by the owner of the relevant Private Right of Way, the sameshall be referred, by an application, to the appropriate government who shall decide thematter referred to it within a period of sixty days.
(7) The appropriate government shall nominate any officer not below the rankof Secretary to act on behalf of the appropriate government under this section through anotification in the official gazette within sixty day of the commencement of the PakistanTelecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act, 2006.]46
46 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

28. National standards.—(1) The Authority may, with the approval of the FederalGovernment, notify regulations for establishing national standards for telecommunicationequipment:
Provided that the Authority may specify different standards for different classesof telecommunication equipment and may establish procedure for testing thereof:

Provided further that subject to the national standards established under this subsection
and the conditions of the licence, the Authority shall not restrict the type oftelecommunication equipment that may be used for the establishment, maintenance oroperation of telecommunication systems or the provision of telecommunication services.

(2) In determining the standards referred to in sub-section (1), the Authorityshall have regard to the need for a safe, modern and efficient telecommunication
environment and interoperability of network.
29. Terminal equipment and approved installers.—(1) No terminal
equipment shall directly or indirectly be connected to a public switched network unless ithas been approved by the Authority or an agency appointed by the Authority in thisbehalf subject to such conditions as it may impose, including conditions limiting itsconnection to specified types of telecommunication systems.
(2) The Authority may, by regulations, specify technical standards for
terminal equipment and procedure for approving test equipment and for testing anyterminal equipment and to certify that it complies with the relevant technical standards.
(3) No person may install any telecommunication equipment as part of, orconnect terminal equipment (other than by a plug-into-socket connection) to any publicswitched network except in accordance with regulations made by the Authority.
(4) The Federal Government may make rules requiring manufacturers,
importers and dealers in terminal equipment to mark such equipment and indicate inadvertising therefore whether or not the terminal equipment is approved for connection toa public switched network.
(5) The Authority shall maintain a register of all terminal equipment andinstallers thereof approved under this section and shall be open to public inspection.
30. Recovery of arrears, etc.—All fees, fines or other amounts due or
payable to the Authority may be recovered as arrears of land revenue.
31.
Offences and penalties. — (1) Whoever—
(a)
establishes, maintains or operates a telecommunication system ortelecommunication service or possesses any wireless telegraphyapparatus or carries on any other activity in contravention of this

Act or the rules or regulations made thereunder, the Wireless
Telegraphy Act, 1933 (XV of 1933) or the conditions of a licence;

(b)
knowingly or having reason to believe that any telecommunicationsystem or telecommunication service has been established or ismaintained or is being operated in contravention of this Act,
transmits or receives any intelligence by means thereof, or
performs any service incidental thereto;
(c)
dishonestly obtains any telecommunication service, with the intentto avoid payment of a charge applicable to the provision of thatservice;
(d)
unauthorisedly transmits through a telecommunication system ortelecommunication service any intelligence which he knows or hasreason to believe to be false, fabricated, indecent or obscene;
(e)
engaged in the operation of a public switched network otherwise
than in the course of his duty intentionally modifies or interfereswith the contents of a message sent by means of that network;
(f)
prevents or obstructs the transmission or delivery of any
intelligence through a telecommunication system or
telecommunication service;
(g)
intercepts, acquaints himself with the contents of any intelligence
or unauthorisedly discloses to any person the contents of such
intelligence;
(h)
commits mischief;
(i)
damages, removes, interferes or tampers with any
telecommunication equipment;
(j)
unauthorisedly deciphers the contents of any message transmittedover a public switched network;
(k)
assaults or intentionally obstructs a person engaged in the
operation of a public switched network or the establishment,
maintenance or operation of telecommunication services over a
public switched network or intentionally obstructs the course ofbusiness of that person;
(l)
intentionally contravenes the rules made under sub-section (4) ofsection 29;
(m)
intentionally obstructs an officer of the Authority or the Board inthe exercise of his functions or powers under this act in relation to

the inspection of any premises or telecommunication equipment orwho, after ten days written notice, fails or refuses without due
cause to provide any information which the Authority or the Boardis entitled to obtain under this act or the rules or regulations madethereunder;

[(n)
makes unauthorized use of the radio frequency spectrum, whereauthorized from the Board is required.]47

(2) Every offence specified in sub-section (1) shall be punishable with
imprisonment which may extend to [xxx]48 [three]49 years, or with fine which may extend
to ten million rupees, or with both.
(3) Whosoever conspires to commit or attempts to commit or aids or abets thecommission of any offence punishable under this Act shall be liable to same punishmentas is provided in sub-section (2).
(4) Where the court imposes fine under sub-section (2), it may direct thatwhole or any part thereof shall be paid to the person who has suffered any mental ormonetary loss because of commission of any offence specified in sub-section (1).
(5) No court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Actexcept on a complaint in writing by an officer authorized by the Authority or the Board.
(6) Where the accused is a company registered under the CompaniesOrdinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984), every Executive Director, Chief Executive, principalOfficer and Secretary of such Company shall be liable to the punishment specified in subsection
(2) and the summons for the trial of the case shall be served on the ChiefExecutive, Principal Officer or the Secretary of that Company in accordance with theprovisions of the case of Criminal procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898).
32. Warrants for search.—(1) Where on information furnished by the
Authority or Board, the Court has reason to believe that any unlicenced
telecommunication system, wireless telegraphy apparatus or unapproved terminal
equipment [or unapproved crypto apparatus]50 is being kept or concealed or anyunlicenced telecommunication service is provided,[or any licensed is being used againstthe interest of national security and public safety]51 it may issue a search warrant; and the
person to whom such warrant is directed, may enter the premises, vessel, aircraft, orhovercraft where such telecommunication system, wireless telegraphy apparatus or
terminal equipment [or crypto apparatus]52 is allegedly kept or concealed or unlicenced
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52 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

telecommunication service is provided[ or any licensed service is being used against the
interest of national security and public safety]53 therefrom carry out search and inspection
thereof and seize such telecommunication system, wireless telegraph apparatus or
terminal equipment [or crypto apparatus]54

(2) Any telecommunication equipment, wireless telegraphy apparatus or
terminal equipment seized under sub-section (1) having no ostensible owner shall vest tothe Authority, or as the case may be, the Board.
33. Indemnity.—No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie
against the Authority or any member or employee of the Authority in respect of anythingdone or intended to be done by the Authority in good faith under this Act.
[CHAPTER IIIA
SPECIAL FUNDS

33AEstablishment of USF.-(1) As soon as may be, after the commencement of this
Pakistan Telecommunication (Amendment) Act, 2005, the Federal
Government shall by notification in the Official Gazette, establish a Fund tobe called the Universal Service Fund hereinafter referred to as USF.

(2) The USF shall be under the control of the Federal Government and therein shall becredited any sums of money mentioned under sub-section 4.
(3) The balance to the credit of the USF shall not laps at the end of the financial year.
(4) The USF shall consist of –
(a) grants made by the Federal Government and the Provincial Governments;
(b) prescribed contribution by licensees;
(c) sale proceeds from the auction of the right to use radio spectrum;
(d) loans obtained from the Federal Government; and
(e) grants and endowments received from other agencies.
33B Administration and utilization of USF.-(1) The Federal Government shall have
the power to administer the USF in such manner as may be prescribed.

(2) The USF shall be utilized exclusively for providing access to telecommunicationservices to people in the un-served, under-served, rural and remote ares andother expenditure to be made and incurred by the Federal Government inmanaging USF.
(3) The Federal Government shall be responsible for the coordination and ensuring timelyutilization and release of sums in accordance with the criteria as may be
prescribed.
33C Research and Development Fund.-(1) As soon as may be, after the
commencement of this Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization)

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54 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(Amendment) Act, 2005, the Federal Government may by notification in theOfficial Gazette, establish a Fund to be called the Research and
Development Fund.

(2)
The Research and Development Fund shall be under the control of the Federal
Government and therein shall be credited any sums of money mentionedunder sub-section (4).
(3) The balance to the credit of the Research and Development Fund shall not lapse at theend of the financial year.
(4) The Research and Development Fund shall consist of(
a) grants made by the Federal Government;
(b) prescribed contribution by licensees;
(c) loans obtained from the Federal Government; and
(d) grants and endowments received from other agencies.
33D Administration and utilization of Research and Development Fund.- (1) TheFederal Government shall have the power to administer the Research andDevelopment Fund in such manner as may be prescribed.

(2)
The Fund shall be utilized exclusively for prescribed research and developmentactivities in the field related to Information and Communication Technologyand other expenditure incurred by the Federal Government in managingResearch and Development Fund.
(3)
The Federal Government may co-ordinate with relevant entities to ensure timelyutilization and release of sums in accordance with the criteria as may be
prescribed.
33EAudit and public information.- (1)The accounts of USF and Research and
Development Funds shall be—

(a) kept in one or more accounts maintained in local or foreign currency inany schedule bank in Pakistan and shall be operated in accordance withmanner prescribed by the Federal Government.
(b) Audited by a Chartered Accountant as defined in the Chartered
Accountants Ordinance 1961 (X of 1961), and the Auditor General
of Pakistan.
(2) The Federal Government shall, after the end of every financial year, submit to theNational Assembly the audited annual statement of accounts of both the
Funds, together with the report of the Auditor General of Pakistan.
(3) The Federal Government shall also after the end of every year a report on the state ofuniversal service and research and development and on its activities in thisregard during that year.]55
CHAPTER IV

PAKISTAN TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANY LIMITED

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34. Establishment of the Company, etc.—(1) As soon as may be, after thecommencement of this Act, the Federal Government shall establish a company to be
known as the Pakistan Telecommunication Company, limited by shares and cause it to beincorporated under the Companies Ordinance, 1984(XXLVII of 1984), with the principalobject of provision of domestic and international telecommunication and related servicesconsistent with the provisions of this Act.
(2) The Federal Government shall nominate seven persons to subscribe to the
Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company.
(3) Initially, all shares of the Company shall be issued to, or held in trust for,
the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
(4) The Federal Government may, whenever it thinks appropriate, transfer itsshares in the Company to private investors or general public on such terms and conditionsand in such manner as it may determine.
(5) No person shall, except and to the extent permitted by the Articles ofAssociation of the Company, control, directly or indirectly, the right to cast on a poll tenper cent or more of the votes at a general meeting of the Company.
(6) The Federal Government shall, immediately on incorporation of the
Company, fix a date by a notice in the official Gazette for election of the Board ofDirectors of the Company consisting of seven directors in accordance with the provisionsof the Companies Ordinance, 1984(XL VII of 1984):
Provided that, notwithstanding the election of the Board of Directors of the
Company, the Board of Directors appointed under section 4 of the Pakistan
Telecommunication Act, 1991 (XVIII of 1991), shall continue to function until the
effective date for the Company.

35. Vesting of the rights, property and liabilities of the Corporation.—(1)
The Federal Government may, by orders, direct that all or any property, rights and
liabilities to which the Corporation was entitled or subject to immediately before suchorders, and identified therein, shall, on such terms and conditions as the Federal
Government may determine, vest in—
(a) the Company;
(b) the National Telecommunication Corporation;
(c) the Authority;
(d) the trust; or
(e) the Board through the Federal Government,

and become the property, rights and liabilities of the respective entity.

(2) An order issued under sub-section (1) shall specify the employees of the
Corporation who shall, as from the effective date of the order, be transferred to andbecome employees of the entity referred to in the order:
Provided that such order shall not vary the terms and conditions of service of suchemployees to their disadvantage.

(3) An order issued under sub-section (1) in favour of the Company shall
provide for—
(a)
the continuation by the Company of the operations and
undertaking of the corporation on the same basis as were carriedon immediately prior to the date of the order save in respect of the
operations and undertakings to be carried on by the National
Telecommunication Corporation pursuant to section 41; and
(b)
the dissolution of Corporation as from the effective date of the
order.
(4) In consideration of the vesting in the Company of the property of the
Corporation, the Company shall issue such securities in the name of the President of theIslamic Republic of Pakistan as the Federal Government may direct.
(5) Unless an order so directs, the property vested under sub-section (1) shallbe free from any charge, burden, hypothecation or encumbrances to which it may besubject at the effective date of the order.
(6) If any property of the Corporation vests in the Company subject to anycharge, burden, hypothecation or encumbrance, the same shall be deemed to be on theassets of the Company and the provisions, of section 121 of the Companies Ordinance,
1984 (XLVII of 1984), shall apply to such charge, burden, hypothecation or
encumbrances as if it had been created on the assets of the Company on the effective datefor the Company.
(7) If any property of the Corporation vests in the National
Telecommunication Corporation, the Authority or the Trust subject to any charge,
burden, hypothecation or incumbrance, the same shall be the first charge by way ofhypothecation in favour of the creditor.
(8) In this section, “property” includes assets, rights and entitlement of everydescription and nature wherever situated and “liabilities” includes duties, obligations,
loans incumbrance, claims and charges of every description and nature (actual or
contingent), whether or not they are capable, under any law of Pakistan or of any otherState or under any agreement or otherwise, or being vested, transferred or assigned by theCorporation.

(9) No stamp duty shall be payable under any law for the time being in force
on or in relation to the transfer or vesting of property of the Corporation under any orderissued under sub-section (1).
36. Terms and conditions of service of employees.—(1) No persontransferred to the Company pursuant to sub-section (2) of section 35, hereinafter referredto as “Transferred Employee”, shall be entitled to any compensation as a consequence oftransfer to the Company:
Provided that the Federal Government shall guarantee the existing terms andconditions of service and rights, including pensionary benefits of the Transferred
Employees.

(2) Subject to sub-section (3), the terms and conditions of service of any
Transferred Employee shall not be altered adversely by the Company except in
accordance with the laws of Pakistan or with the consent of the Transferred Employeesand the award of appropriate compensation.
(3) At any time within one year from the effective date of the order vestingproperty of the Corporation in the Company, the Federal Government may, with the priorwritten agreement of a Transferred Employee, require him to be transferred to or reverthim back and be employed by the Authority, National Telecommunication Corporation,
Trust or the Federal Government on the same terms and conditions to which he was
entitled immediately before such transfer.
(4) Subject to proviso to sub-section (1) of section 45 on transfer of a
Transferred Employee under sub-section (3), the Federal Government shall assume
responsibility for his pensionary benefits without recourse to the Pension Fund referred toin that section.
(5) Under the order vesting property of the corporation in the Company, the
Federal Government shall require the Company to assume the responsibility of
pensionary benefits of the telecommunication employees and the Company shall not altersuch pensionary benefits without the consent of the individuals concerned and the awardof appropriate compensation.
37. Special Provisions.— For the purposes of this Act, the Company shall beexempt from the provisions of sections 62, 77, [xxx]56, 178, 187, 206 and 235 of the
Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984) and further, notwithstanding anything
contained in the Companies Ordinance, 1984, the Federal Government may, bynotification in the official Gazette, exempt the Company from the application of suchother provisions of that ordinance, as may be specified in this regard.
[37-A. Shares deemed validly issued.- The “A” ordinary shares and “B”
ordinary shares issued by the Company shall be deemed to be validly issued in terms ofthe Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984)]57

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38. Exemption from taxes, audit, etc.—(1) The Company shall not, till the30th June, 1999, be liable to pay any income tax, super tax or wealth tax on its income,
profits or gains.
(2) The value ascribed to the property vested in the Company by the FederalGovernment under the order made under section 35 shall represent the actual acquisitioncost of the property for the purposes of taxation and depreciation.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Pakistan (Audit and Accounts)
Order, 1973 (21 of 1973), the accounts of the Company shall not be audited by theAuditor-General of Pakistan, but shall be subject to audit in accordance with the
provisions of the Companies Ordinance, 1984(XLVII of1984).
39. Licence to the Company.—(1) With effect from the effective date for the
Company, the Company shall be entitled, until issue of any licence under sub-section (2),
to the same authorizations as the Corporation enjoyed immediately prior to that date.
(2) Within six months of the commencing date of this Act, the Authority shallgrant a licence to the Company in Pakistan, excluding the Northern Areas, Azad Jammu& Kashmir, for a period of twenty-five years on payment of licence fee determined by the
Authority.
(3) No licences to provide basic telephone service shall be issued by the
Authority for a period of seven years from the effective date referred to in section 35vesting property in the Company other than to the National Telecommunication
Corporation and the Company.
40. Special Communication Organization.— Notwithstanding anythingcontained in section 39, the telecommunication services, within the Northern Areas and
Azad Jammu & Kashmir shall be operated by the Special Communication Organizationand the Authority shall issue a licence to the Organization accordingly.
CHAPTER V

NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION CORPORATION

41. National Telecommunication Corporation.—(1) As soon as may be butnot later than thirty days from the commencing day of this [xxx][Act]58, the Federal
Government shall establish a corporation to be known as the National
Telecommunication Corporation which shall be a body corporate, having perpetualsuccession and a common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to
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acquire and hold property, both moveable and immovable, and shall sue and be sued byits name.

(2) The National Telecommunication Corporation shall be managed by a
Management Board consisting of a Chairman and two other members, to be appointed bythe Federal Government.
(3) The Authority shall grant a licence to the National Telecommunication
Corporation for provision of telecommunication services within Pakistan on a non-
exclusive basis only to the armed forces, defense projects, Federal Government,
Provincial Governments or such other Governmental agencies or Governmental
institutions as the Federal Government may determine; and during the exclusivity periodof the Company specified in section 39, the National Telecommunication Corporation
shall not sell its capacity on the telecommunication system to any person other than such
Government agencies or the Company.
(4)
The National Telecommunication Corporation shall have the power to—
(a)
appoint, promote, remove and exercise discipline and control overits staff;
(b)
set-up its internal organizations, including bureaus, divisions oroffices and make appointments thereto;
(c)
enter into contracts;
(d)
acquire, lease, encumber, dispose of, exchange, invest or otherwise
deal with any moveable or immovable property or any interesttherein or thereto; and
(e)
levy and collect fee and other charges for the service provided by itat such rates as may be determined by the Federal Government.
(5) For the purpose of its functions, the National Telecommunication
Corporation may, subject to regulations made by it providing for procedure of
appointment, promotion, termination and terms and conditions of service, employ such
persons, as it may consider necessary.
(6) The officers and employees of the National Telecommunication
Corporation shall, for the purpose of this Act, be public servants within the meaning ofsection 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860), and the Industrial RelationsOrdinance, [xxxx][ 2002 (XCI of 2002),] 59, shall not apply.
(7) The National Telecommunication Corporation shall, in respect of eachfinancial year, prepare its own budget and submit it for the approval of the FederalGovernment before the 1st June every year.
59 Substituted [1969 (XXIII of 1969] ] through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization)
(Amendment) Act,2006

(8) The budget statement, referred to in sub-section (8), shall specifically state
the estimated receipts, current and development expenditure and the sums which arelikely to be required by the National Telecommunication Corporation,, if any, from theFederal Government for the relevant financial year.
(9) Any surplus of receipts over the actual expenditure in a year shall be
remitted to the Federal Consolidated Fund and any deficit from actual expenditure shallbe made up by the Federal Government.
(10) There shall be a fund to be known as the “National Telecommunication
Corporation Fund” which shall vest in the National Telecommunication Corporation andshall be used by the National Telecommunication Corporation to meet all its expensesand charges in connection with its functions under this Act, including the payment ofsalaries and other remuneration to its employees.
(11)
The National Telecommunication Corporation Fund shall consist of—
(i)
grants made by the Federal Government and the Provincial
Governments and Corporation;
(ii)
loans obtained from the Federal Government;
(iii)
sale proceeds of bonds issued under the authority of the FederalGovernment;
(iv)
loans obtained with the special or general sanction of the FederalGovernment; and
(v)
all other sums received and charges collected by the National
Telecommunication Corporation.
(12) The accounts of the National Telecommunication Corporation shall be
maintained in such form and manner as the Federal Government may determine inconsultation with the Auditor-General of Pakistan who shall be responsible for audits ofthe accounts of National Telecommunication Corporation.
(13) For the purpose of audit, the National Telecommunication Corporation
shall produce such accounts and books and connected documents and furnish such
explanations and information, as the Auditor-General, or any officer authorized by himon this behalf may require.
(14) Copies of the audit report shall be sent to the National Telecommunication
Corporation and to the Federal Government and shall also be available for public
inspection.

(15) The National Telecommunication Corporation shall comply with anydirective issued by the Federal Government or the Public Accounts Committee of theNational Assembly for the rectification of an audit objection.
(16) The National Telecommunication Corporation may, in addition to the
audit by the Auditor-General, cause its accounts to be audited by internal or other
external auditors.
(17) The National Telecommunication Corporation may, with the approval ofthe Federal Government, by notification in the official Gazette, make regulations for themanagement and operation of its business and activities.
(18) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being inforce, the National Telecommunication Corporation shall not, for a period of three yearsfrom the date of its establishment, be liable to pay any tax on its income, assets, turnoverand sales under the Income Tax Ordinance, 1979 (XXX of 1979), the Wealth Tax Act,
1963 (XV of 1963) and the Sales Tax Act 1990, and shall, for a similar period be entitledto such exemptions from custom-duties as the Corporation was entitled immediatelybefore the establishment of National Telecommunication Corporation.
CHAPTER VI

FREQUENCY ALLOCATION BOARD

42 Frequency Allocation Board.—(1) The Federal Government shall, by anotification in the official Gazette, establish a Frequency Allocation Board to take overthe functions performed by the Pakistan Wireless Board which shall, from the date ofsuch notification, stand dissolved.

(2) The Board shall be funded by funds provided by the Authority in theprescribed manner.
(3) The Board shall make regulations, with the approval of the Federal
Government, governing the manner in which the Board may function and exercise its
powers.
43. Powers and functions of the Board.—(1) The Board shall have exclusive
authority to allocate and assign portions of the radio frequency spectrum to the
Government, providers of telecommunication services and telecommunication systems,
radio and television broadcasting operations, public and private wireless operators andothers.
(2) The Board shall consist of—

(i)
[xxxx][Chairman who shall be appointed by the Federal
Government; ]60
(ii)
One Executive Director appointed by the Federal Government,
who shall be its Vice-Chairman;
(iii)
the Chairman of the Authority; and
(iv)
a nominee each of the Ministry of Defense (Corps of Signals),
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of
Interior,[Information Technology and Telecommunication divisionand Pakistan Electronic media Regulatory Authority:
Provided that the Federal Government may increase the number ofmembers of the Board and may prescribe their qualifications and mode ofappointment.]61

(3) The Vice-Chairman shall be an employee of the Board who shall devote
his full time to the business of the Board and shall not hold any other office or positionduring his tenure as such Vice-Chairman.
(4) In exercise of its powers under sub-section (1), the Board shall be guidedby the applicable recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union or anyof its standing committees or organizations, including the International Consultative
Committee on Telecommunication, International Consultative Committee on Radio, the
International Frequency Registration Board and other similar international organizations.
(5) Every application for allocation and assignment of radio frequencyspectrum shall, in the first instance, be made to the Authority which shall, after suchinquiry as it may deem appropriate, refer the application to the Board within thirty daysfrom receipt of such application.
(6) On receipt of application under sub-section (5), the Board shall classifythe telecommunication services and may allocate or assign specific frequencies to theapplicant:
Provided that the Board shall intimate the applicant status of the applicationwithin three months.

(7) The Board may, with the approval of the Federal Government, make
regulations, for exercising its powers and performance of its business.
60 substituted [Secretary, Ministry of Communications, who shall be its Chairman;] through PakistanTelecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

61 Inserted through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

CHAPTER VII
PAKISTAN TELECOMMUNICATION EMPLOYEES TRUST

44. Establishment of the Pakistan Telecommunication Employees
Trust.—(1) As soon as may be, after the commencement of this Act, the Federal
Government shall, by notification in the official Gazette, establish a trust to be called thePakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust.
(2) The Trust shall be a body corporate, having perpetual succession and a
common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire and holdproperty, both moveable and immovable, and shall sue and be sued by its name.
(3) The Trust shall be managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of six
trustees, three to be appointed by the Federal Government and three by the Company, fora period of three years, unless earlier removed by the appointing authority.
(4) The trustees shall be eligible for re-appointment for a similar term or termsspecified in sub-section (3).
(5) The trustees may appoint—
a) a Chairman of the Board of Trustees from amongst themselves;

b) the Manager of the Trust;

c) An Actuary:

Provided that the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees shall be selected from
amongst the trustees appointed by the Federal Government and shall, unless removed onthe charges of physical or mental infirmity or misconduct, including corruption anddishonesty, remain in the office of Chairman for the first twelve months of his tenure as a
trustee.

(6) A Trustee may resign from his office by writing in his hand addressed tothe Board of Trustees.
(7) In case of a vacancy being created due to the death, resignation or removalof a trustee, the appointing authority referred to in sub-section (3) may appoint anotherperson in his place as trustee for the unexpired term.
(8) The Manager and Actuary of the Trust shall be entitled to such
remuneration and perquisites as the Board of Trustees may determine.

(9) The Board of Trustees may, with the approval of the Federal Governmentand by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for the management and conduct ofbusiness of the Trust.
45. Pension Fund.—(1) The Federal Government shall, by notification in the
official Gazette, order that from the effective date, all assets of the Pakistan
Telecommunication Corporation Employees Pension Fund as created by a Trust Deeddated, the 2nd April 1994, hereinafter referred to as the “Pension Fund”, and such
liabilities as are specified in the notification, shall vest in and shall become the assets andliabilities of the Trust:
Provided that [xxxx][pro rata]62accrued liability determined on the 30th June,
1995, specified in such notification shall be paid to the Federal Government in twelvemonthly installments in respect of telecommunication employees or Transferred
Employees transferred to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, FrequencyAllocation Board, National Telecommunication Corporation and Federal Government.

(2) The Company shall contribute to the Pension Fund the amount determinedby the Actuary representing the unfunded proportion of the accrued pension liabilitieswhich shall be assumed by the Company from the effective date specified in the ordermade under section 35.
(3)
The Pension Fund shall consist of—
(a)
amounts received from the Pakistan Telecommunication
Corporation Employees Pension Fund referred to in sub-section(1);
(b)
contribution to be paid by the Company under sub-section(2);
(c)
annual contribution to be paid by the Company at the
commencement of each financial year;
(d)
investments and the profits, gains and other returns accrued onsuch investments; and
(e)
donations and other contributions by individuals or any aid-givingagencies.
46. Functions and powers of the Trust.—(1) For carrying out the purposes
of the Trust, the Board of Trustees shall—
(a)
take over and assume the liability of the Pension Fund, includingcontributions of the Company to the Pension Fund;
62 substituted and inserted [five per cent of the] through Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization)
(Amendment) Act,2006

(b)
obtain payment from the Company of the amount determined byActuary as representing the unfunded proportion of the accruedpension liabilities to be discharged by the Company;
(c)
determine, at the commencement of each financial year, the
amount to be contributed to the Pension Fund by the Company;
and
(d)
make provision for the payment of pension to telecommunication
employees to the extent of their entitlement.
(2)
In performance of its functions, the Board of Trustees shall—
(a)
have the exclusive right to determine the amounts, if any, payable
in respect of pension benefits to the telecommunication employees;
(b)
administer and operate the Pension Fund;
(c)
specify and certify the requirements to be fulfilled for payments of
the pensions to be made from the Pension Fund;
(d)
appoint, promote, remove and exercise discipline and control overits employees;
(e)
enter into contracts;
(f)
acquire, lease, encumber, dispose of, exchange, invest or otherwise
deal with any moveable or immovable property or any interesttherein; and
(g)
exercise all such powers as may be necessary or incidental to the
performance of any of its functions or the exercise of any of its
powers.
(3) The Manager of the Board of Trustees shall be responsible for
administrative control of the employees of the Trust and day to day working of the Trustas may be assigned to him by the Board of Trustees.
47. Decision of the Trust, etc.—(1) The decision of the Board of Trusteesshall be taken by majority of the votes of the trustees present in a meeting to be called bythe Chairman of the Trust.
Provided that such majority votes shall include at least one trustee appointed bythe Federal Government and one trustee appointed by the Company.

(2) All meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be presided over by its
Chairman or, in his absence, by another trustee selected by the trustees amongst

themselves. The quorum of the meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be four trustees outof which two shall represent the Federal Government and the other two by the Company:

Provided that the Chairman of the Board of Trustees shall have no casting vote.

(3) No act of proceeding of the Trust shall be invalid by reason only of the
existence of a vacancy in, or a defect in, the constitution of the Board of Trustees.
(4) The Board of Trustees shall, by resolution, determine the procedure for
appointment, promotion and termination and other terms of employment of the
employees of the Trust.
48. Delegation of Powers.—The Board of Trustees may, by a resolution,
delegate to any officer of the Trust any of its powers of functions under this Act, subjectto such conditions as it may deem fit to impose.
49. Budget.—(1) The Board of Trustees shall, in respect of each financialyear, prepare its own budget specifying the estimated receipts and the sums which arelikely to be required by the Trust for the payments to be made in the relevant financial
year.
(2) Any surplus of receipts over the amount specified in the budget in afinancial year shall be credited to the Pension Fund and any deficit from the estimatedamount specified in the annual budget shall be made up from the Pension Fund.
50. Audit.—(1) The accounts of the Trust shall be audited at the close of eachfinancial year by independent auditors.
(2) The Trust shall produce such accounts, books and documents and furnish
explanations and information as the auditors may require for the purpose of audit.
(3) Copies of the auditor’s report on the accounts shall be furnished to the
Federal Government, Company and the Trust.
51. 63[xxxxx]
52. Application of Trusts Act, 1882.—(1) The provisions of Chapters III, IV,
V, VI (other than section 60 thereof, insofar as it provides that a person domiciled abroadis not a proper person for the purposes of that section) and VII of the Trusts Act, 1882 (IIof 1882), to the extent not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, shall apply to theTrust and the Board of Trustees to the same extent that they apply to a “trust” and”trustees” as defined in section 3 of the said Act.
(2) For the purposes of the Trust Act, 1882, the “author of the trust” shall be
63 Omitted by Act IV of 1999, Section 26.[ Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for thetime being in force, the Trust shall not be liable to pay, and shall be exempt from the payment of, all kinds
of taxes, duties, levies, charges, and fees payable under or pursuant to any Federal or Provincial law, on its
investments, income, assets or wealth.]

the Federal Government and Company, the “trustees” shall be the trustees appointed
under section 45, “beneficiaries” shall be the telecommunication employees, the “trust
property” or “trust money” shall be the Pension Fund, “beneficial interest” shall be theright of the telecommunication employees specified in the rules made under this Chapterand the “instrument of trust” shall be this Act and such rules.

(3) The accounts of the Trust shall be kept and maintained with the NationalBank of Pakistan or such other bank as the Board of Trustees may determine.
53. Winding-up of the Trust.—(1) The Trust shall be wound up by the
Federal Government on the recommendation of the Board of Trustees and the
certification by the Actuary that no pension payment is required to be made from the
Pension Fund.
(2) The balance of the Pension Fund shall, on the winding up of the Trust, bepaid to the Federal Government and the Company pro-rata of the assets of the PakistanTelecommunication Corporation Employees Fund and contributions made from time to
time by the Company.
CHAPTER VIII

MISCELLANEOUS

54. National Security.—(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any lawfor the time being in force, in the interest of national security or in the apprehension ofany offence, the Federal Government may authorise any person or persons to interceptcalls and messages or to trace calls through any telecommunication system.
(2) During a war or hostilities against Pakistan by any foreign power or
internal aggression or for the defense or security of Pakistan, the Federal Governmentshall have preference and priority in telecommunication system over any licensee.
(3) Upon proclamation of emergency by the President, the Federal
Government may suspend or modify all or any order or licences made or issued underthis Act or cause suspension of operation, functions or services of any licensee for suchtime as it may deem necessary.
Provided that the Federal Government may compensate any licensee whose
facilities or services are affected by any action under this sub-section.

55. Liability of the Federal Government.—The Federal Government shall
not be responsible for any loss or damage which may occur as a consequence of any actor omission of a licensee.

56.
64[xxxx]
57. Power to make rules.—(1) For carrying out the purposes of this Act
[xxxx]65, the Federal Government may, from time to time, by notification in the official
Gazette, make rules not inconsistent with this Act.
(2) without prejudice to the foregoing powers, the Federal Government may
make rules:(
a)
extending the categories of telecommunication systems or
telecommunication services for which a licence is not required
under section 20;
[(ab)
the manner in which the USF and Research and Development
funds may be administered;

(ac)
the criteria based on which sums may be released from USF andresearch and development funds;

(ad)
preventing, prohibiting, and remedying the effects of anti-
competitive conduct by licensees;

(ae)
regulating agreements or arrangements by licensees in respect ofinternational telephony services;

(af)
requiring licensees that handle international telephony service tomake payments (i) to prescribed categories of licensees that
terminates international telephony service calls in Pakistan in formof APC and (ii) to the USF in aspect of international telephonyservice calls that prescribed categories of licensees terminate;

(ag) enforcing national security measures in the telecommunication
sector; and

(ah)
regarding lawful interception.]66

(b)
67[xxxx]
64 Omitted by Act IV of 1999, Section 26. [Tax exemption of the Corporation:- Notwithstanding anyother law for the time being in force, from the date of its establishment and until it is dissolved under this
Act, the Corporation shall enjoy total exemption from the payment of any tax under the Income TaxOrdinance, 1979, the Wealth Tax Act, 1963, and the Sales Tax Act, 1990].
65 Omitted[and where provided for hereinbefore] by Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization)
(Amendment) Act,2006

66 Inserted by Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) (Amendment) Act,2006

(c)
restricting or prohibiting the use of any public switched networkfor signaling purposes in circumstances in which charges otherwise
payable may be avoided or reduced, or the advertising of means orservices for such use.
58. Ordinance to override other laws. — The provisions of this Act shall haveeffect notwithstanding anything contained in the Telegraph Act, 1885(XIII of 1885), theWireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 (XVII of 1933), or other law containing any provisioninconsistent to this Act.
59. Repeal and Savings.—(1) The Pakistan Telecommunication Corporations
Act, 1991(XVIII of 1991), The Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization)
Ordinance, 1996 (LXXVII of 1996), and the Ministry of Communications, Governmentof Pakistan, Notifications numbering 5(4)/95-PTC, dated the 7th August, 1995, are
hereby repealed.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained hereinbefore, all orders made, actions
taken, vesting orders or notifications issued, property, assets and liabilities of the
Corporation vested or transferred and the employees of the Corporation transferred to thePakistan Telecommunication Authority, Frequency Allocation Board, Pakistan
Telecommunication Company Limited, National Telecommunication Corporation or
Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust, under any of the powers conferred orvested under the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Ordinance, 1995 (CXVof 1995), the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Ordinance, 1996 (XXX of1996), the Pakistan Telecommunication(Re-Organization) Ordinance, 1996 (LXXVII of1996) shall be deemed always to have been lawfully and validly made, taken, issued,
vested or transferred under the provisions of this Act and shall continue to be in forceunless amended, varied, withdrawn, rescinded or annulled by a person or authority
competent to do so under this Act.
67 Omitted by Ordinance 51 of 02, Section 28. [regulating the use of encryption apparatus or software byrequiring use of approved apparatus or software or such appropriate apparatus or software be lodged withthe Authority free of cost; and].

4 Comments


  1. MIGHT IS RIGHT IS NOT RIGHT
    WHO IS RIGHT THAT IS RIGHT
    RIGHT IS ALLWAYS RIGHT
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    TOBA TEK SINGH


  2. THANKS
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  3. Rashid Siddiqi says:

    Great extract of PTCL regulations 1996 and ammended Pak telecom act 2006 by the PTCL workers, marvelous effort to give projection of provisions regulations relating to both acts; which simplify and elaborate too the vested rights on account of services of employees undertaken and guarnateed through this act.

  4. Iftikhar Ahmad says:

    Thank you for publishing.