Islamabad: SC directs Instaphone to pay PTA
ISLAMABAD: As per a press release of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued Friday, the Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed Instaphone’s appeal filed against the determination (decision) of the PTA on outstanding dues of Rs7.9 billion (including license fee).
PTA through its directive letter on March 4, 2008 had ordered Instaphone to pay said amount. Instaphone was of the opinion that license fee imposed on the company is unjust, hence had filed petitions in Islamabad High Court (IHC).
After IHC had dismissed Insta’s appeal, company escalated the issue to Supreme Court through Aitzaz Ahsan, against PTA’s said determination and Mobile Cellular Policy issued by the Federal Government in 2004.
Aitzaz Ahsan argued Insta’s viewpoint before Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Muhammad Javed Iqbal, comprising of Justice Sair Ali and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali.
On the other hand, Akram Sheikh defended the PTA’s stance for outstanding payments. After hearing the cases from both sides, the bench decided Friday both the petitions in favour of PTA. The SC will issue detailed decision soon.
PTA acknowledged the decision but said it’s waiting for black and white orders to comment on it.