ICH directs CCP to decide on WiseComm’s Issue
The Islamabad High Court directed the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) to decide on a complaint filed by a private telephony services company within 10 days.
Wise Communication Systems Private Limited (WiseComm) filed a writ petition in the IHC through its lawyer, Barrister Afzal Hussain, stating that its complaint had been pending for almost seven months.
IHC Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi was informed by Hussain that WiseComm is a licenced company that provides telecommunication services to consumers and was practically shutdown due to strong arm tactics, which the company claims were initiated by a leading telephony services provider.
Wisecomm was resorted to grey-trafficking of telephone calls whose cost amounted to $9.3 million. The owner of Wisecomm, Sharif Tariq Bhatti is living abroad. The company established a heavy grey-trafficking system in Rawalpindi and Lahore. The system has been detected.Employees of Wisecomm had also been arrested.
The petitioner filed a complaint under Section 3 of the Competition Act before the CCP for the protection of its legal rights and also paid the prescribed filing fee of Rs 50,000. Despite the passage of six months, the CCP has not decided on the complaint, due to which the petitioner is losing millions of rupees every month.
After hearing the arguments of the counsel, the court issued directions to the CCP to decide on the complaint of the petitioner within 10 days and submit a report through the IHC deputy registrar and disposed of the writ petition.