Regulating subscribers: PTA cracks down on illegal SIMs

PTA blocked 27.87 million irregular SIMs.

APP April 30, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Projects launched by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to regularise Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) sale procedures have facilitated the blocking of 27.87 million irregular SIMs. The projects launched in consultation with cellular mobile operators have also helped regularise 21 million mobile phone SIM connections. PTA in its latest report on the telecom sector has revealed that it has been extending its efforts to regularise SIM sale procedures in order to counter various consumer issues like misuse of Computerised National Identity Card copy and at the same time address the concerns of Law Enforcement Agencies.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2013.

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Syed A. Mateen | 8 years ago | Reply

Had the law enforced before the first cellular SIM Card was sold in the country, the terrorism acts which are taking place now would have been reduced drastically.

It is not the fault of the lawmakers but it is the fault of people who are suppose to implement the law.

The implementors did not do their jobs perfectly, therefore, law breakers got ample time and chance to purchase unregistered SIMk Cards.

Now the cat is out of the bag for a while, I don't foresee that after the new rules have been devised by PTA, it will not make any difference.

PTA itself, or its staff including PTCL are directly responsible for the act of terrorism which is going on for a very long time but to undo it, it requires a lot of time. Thousand of people have died due to terrorism related incidents.

PTA yiu are too late in diagnose the problem, but as a matter of curtsy, I am writing down here "it's never late".

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