Press Releases

January 1970

CM NWFP Calls Telenor in NWFP Development

Frontier House, Islamabad - March 17, 2006: Akram Khan Durrani, Chief Minister NWFP, has called Telenor a key partner in the development of NWFP and assured his government's continuing support to Telenor's investment in the area. Durrani received Tore Johnsen, President and CEO, Telenor Pakistan, and other key company officials at Frontier House, Islamabad, for a meeting to discuss Telenor's increasing investments and fast expanding network in NWFP.

The CM said that his government has ensured an environment conducive for domestic and foreign investment and Telenor's investments in the area were clear evidence. He praised Telenor's pace of growth and quality of services in the area and said, The Company has demonstrated a strong strategic grip of the market and has tremendous potential for winning. I believe it will play an increasingly important role in the technological advancement and human resource development of NWFP.

Durrani expressed his grief over the victimization of Telenor by some business quarters during the recent protests and said, From what I know of the company, Telenor Pakistan is more Pakistani than many local companies. It has strong values of respect for culture and religion, strictly follows the laws of the land, and comprises of more than 99% Pakistani Muslim employees. Expressing his solidarity with Telenor management and employees, Durrani said, The Company's role in the society has been exemplary. Telenor is not associated with caricature controversy in any way. The management has made it absolutely clear that they condemn any action or statement that expresses contempt of religion. It is some business interests who are trying to link Telenor to the controversy as an excuse to hurt its business. This is unfair and we will stop those who are involved in such immoral activities. Durrani also praise Telenor for its donation of 6.5 crore rupees and emergency communication services it provided on humanitarian basis to NGOs working in the affected areas, in the aftermath of the recent earth quake tragedy.

Tore thanked the Chief Minister for his support and said that Telenor Pakistan is committed to the development of Pakistan and will be investing up to one billion US dollars over the next 5 years. Tore emphasized that Telenor is trying its best to develop opportunities in NWFP. Telenor has created more than 1500 direct and indirect jobs in NWFP and is planning to double it in the future. Telenor currently have 9 franchises and more than 6000 retailers in NWFP.

Telenor is one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 82.7 million subscribers and operations in 17 different countries. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.