Etisalat Still Not Made $800 Million Payment to Pakistan Government
Published on: 8th Dec 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
UAE based Etisalat has not made a long promised payment of USD800 million to the Pakistan government as part of its deal to buy a stake during the privatization of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).
Etisalat offered USD2.6 billion for a 26% stake in PCTL back in 2006 in staggered payments, but has withheld USD800 million in a dispute over the transfer of assets from the government to the telecoms operator.
Of the 3,248 properties that were to be transferred to PTCL as part of the privatization agreement, some 131 are still held by the government.
Citing sources, The Nation newspaper reported that despite indications that a deal had been done, the payment has still not been made.
"The government is making its efforts to materialize this amount during current fiscal year 2013-2014, as it has approved Rs 40 million for acquiring private properties to enable their mutation in favour of Etisalat", said a finance ministry while talking to The Nation on Saturday.
He further said that country's foreign exchange reserves would enhance if it receives $800 million from Etisalat.
Long standing plans by Etisalat to increase its holding to 51% have been on hold until the dispute is settled. Etisalat already has management control of the company as part of the privatization agreement.
On the web: The Nation