Raja Pervaiz Asharaf, architect of defunct rental power projects, has been given the charge of Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) in the recent expansion of federal cabinet.
It is an interesting development and must be amazing and shocking for many in IT and Telecom industry in particularly and for masses in general, while most of them believe that it is better to be a ministry without a minister or run by bureaucrats and technocrats rather than Raja Pervaiz as federal minister of IT and Telecom.
The appointment of Pervaiz Ashraf, the main character of the infamous rental power project scam, raised eyebrows of many people as the apex court has already directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action against him on power rental case.
But he will be serving as Minister IT and Telecom when industry is awaiting 3G license auction, which is likely to bring billions of rupees in the national kitty and Mr. Ashraf who will be directly involved is accused of corruption.
And if the government in principle decides to hold auction process of 3G in the current year then what best can we expect from Mr. Pervaiz Ashraf who is also notorious for giving unmet deadlines to end load-shedding several times in the past as Minister of Power and Water.
People in industry are anticipating that he will keep giving auction dates with postponed plans while repetitive delays will leave no chance for bringing 3G in the country.
Pervaiz Ashraf will be the fifth person who assumed the office of Ministry of IT and Telecommunication in less than four year of the present government.
Earlier, Sardar Latif Khosa, the present Governor Punjab, Sardar Assef (now joined PTI), Babar Awan, former law minister were also designated in MoITT. Besides Prime Minister who himself served for long as Minister-In-charge and chaired couple of meetings in nearly three years.
ProPakistan earlier forecasted that PM was likely to be leave the MoITT if he would be convicted in the contempt of court case however he has quit the ministry himself in order to appoint a new in-charge in his place.