FINANCE MINISTER WITNESSES CONTRACT AWARD
CEREMONY REGARDING MOBILE BROADBAND INTERNET/ 3G SERVICES IN
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad:Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq
Dar witnessed the contract award ceremony for the project to
provide Mobile Broadband Internet/ 3G services in Kohistan, at the
Ministry of IT here today. Minister of State for IT & Telecom, Ms.
Anusha Rahman Khan, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar
Mohammad Yousaf and Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed
Abbasi were also present on the occasion.
Universal Service Fund (USF) and cellular services provider Telenor
signed the contract agreement worth Rs.3.51 billion.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Dar applauded Ministry of IT and
USF for their efforts to promote information and communication
technologies in the country and on graduated them on their
achievements. He said that government and given due priority to the
ICT sector and is keen to help it reach even greater heights in
future. He added that it is Prime Minister‘s objective to pursue
sound and equitable economic policies that has put Pakistan on the
path of sustainable economic development. He said that the Ministry
of IT and the ICT sector would be provided full support to ensure
accessibility of ICT services to people in all regions of the
Mrs. Anusha Rahman was of the view that the Broadband for
Sustainable Development projects will take state of the art 3G
Mobile Broadband service to far-flung areas at a rapid pace and in
almost parity with urban areas of the country. She said that this
contract is part of overall policy decision of Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif for providing maximum facilitation to remote areas of the
country. She informed that a population of around 9 lac people
living in 1,283 villages within an area of 11,000 sq. ft of
Kohistan lot will benefit from this project. She added that this
project will improve the lives of people, create job opportunities
for them and particularly empower females.
It is noteworthy to mention here that through this Broadband for
Sustainable Development Project, areas of Kohistan (Pattan, Dassu,
Palas), Battagram (Alai, Battagram), Mansehra (Balakot, Torghar,
Mansehra,Oghi), Haripur (Ghazi, Haripur) and Abbottabad (Abbottabad)
will be served.
Sharing his thoughts on the development, Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO,
Telenor Pakistan, said, the project will be a gigantic stride
towards promoting digital and financial inclusion across the
country, opening up doors of opportunities for the marginalized
communities to step into mainstream development process and another
step towards empowering Pakistan.