Dr. Ismail Shah Likely to be Appointed as Chairman PTA

Federal government has finally come up with two names to fill the position of members and chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on the last day of the deadline ( September 16) given by the apex court, the next hearing is due today (Friday).

The Express Tribune states that Prime Minister’s special commission has shortlisted Dr. Ismail Shah for the post of technical member as well as the Chairman of PTA. The commission has also shortlisted Tariq Sultan for the position of Member Finance; PTA. Official notification has yet to be issued by the Cabinet Division

When the commission failed to complete the hiring process on time, SC gave another 10days to government to fill the aforesaid positions which have been vacant since March.

Earlier this month, the SC had directed the government to appoint members and chairman of PTA – the telecom sector’s regulatory body responsible – for the auction of 3G spectrum licenses by September 16. The commission however failed to meet the deadline and sought more time to complete the hiring process. On September 17 the court gave another 10 days to the government to fill the aforesaid positions which have been vacant since March.

Although these names are just commission’s recommendations only but it is highly probable that they will become the final choice after presented to the court.

ismail_pictureDr Shah, former member Telecom at the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, is currently working with Qualcomm as a consultant on 3G and 4G technologies. He is conducting technical trainings on 3G and 4G in the United States (US), Thailand and other countries.

Dr Shah completed his doctorate in electrical engineering from University of Pittsburgh, US; supervised six PhD students and has more than 90 publications to his credit. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, US.

Dr Shah has also been associated with the Pakistan Engineering Council, IEEE-USA – an organisational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Incorporated – and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan. He is also associated with Central Asian Cellular Forum (CACF) as an Executive Director.

He also provides consultancy services to several companies working providing services based on CDMA.  His current research interests are in the area of Multiple user detection in CDMA, MC-CDMA, OFDM, Jammer incision using time-frequency analysis and MIMO-OFDM based systems.

Tariq Sultan is currently working as Director General, Revenue Assurance at PTA. He has previously worked with NIB Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as a Financial Analyst. 

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