Saturday, April 25, 2009

IHC reserves verdict on joint venture of CDA, World Call

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court here on Thursday reserved its judgement on a plea moved against award of laying copper cables in the Capital. The single bench of Justice Mohammad Munir Peracha reserved its judgement on a writ filed by Webcom. The counsel for Webcom apprised the bench that in 2004, Webcom entered into agreement with 24 other cable operator companies to spread a network of copper cables in different sectors of the Capital.
The aim was to provide TV channels network service to viewers, he added. He claimed that the company also got licenses from Pemra and Pakistan Telecommunication and submitted an application with Capital Development Authority for approval, which was not entertained. He alleged that CDA entered into venture with World Call under direct pressure from Governor Punjab Salman Taseer.
Barrister Masroor Shah, counsel for CDA, defended CDA step and said that the civic body reserved the right to award contract and enter into joint venture with any company under the specific laws. He said the World Call was given a nod after floating of bids as it was the highest bidder and selected through a transparent manner.
He said the company would pay 35 percent of its investment to CDA. Regarding Webcom agreement with other cable operator companies, he termed it an entirely private matter between the private companies and said CDA had nothing to do with it. He also rejected claims that the joint venture was inked under pressure from Governor Punjab and said when the agreement was reached Salman Taseer was not holding the post of Governor.

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