Sims verification: February 26 deadline was a ‘trick’, says PTA

Published: February 28, 2015
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Relevant authorities holds that the deadline set by the interior ministry would lapse on April 12. STOCK IMAGE

Relevant authorities holds that the deadline set by the interior ministry would lapse on April 12. STOCK IMAGE

ISLAMABAD: 

The telecommunication authority has revealed on Friday that its February 26 deadline to block biometrically unverified SIMs was a ‘trick’.

While briefing newsmen, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman Dr Ismael Shah admitted that the February 26 deadline, communicated through the media, was actually a bluff to persuade users to get their SIMs verified.

Flanked with State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, the PTA chief said that the deadline was an internal arrangement.

“Had we not played the tactic of February 26 deadline, very few people would have come forward for verification of the SIMs,” he said.

The relevant authorities also held that the deadline set by the interior ministry would lapse on April 12 and there are bright chances that the remaining process would be accomplished till then.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Raisani
    Feb 28, 2015 - 10:58AM

    A trick played by our very own PTA with the nation making an April fool in the month of Feb. PTA has changed the concept of April fool. From now on it will be said “April fool in Feb”.
    Congrats Nation, we have been fooled once again. Recommend

  • Shams Khan
    Feb 28, 2015 - 12:02PM

    Keep on playing trick so people will completely lose faith in govt which has lost its credibility to finish load shedding in six months, one year two years Recommend

  • Parvez Zia
    Feb 28, 2015 - 3:02PM

    PTA should know that such tricks undermine credibility of institutions. Who will trust you in future?Recommend

  • Waheed Khan
    Feb 28, 2015 - 11:44PM

    when I checked my CNIC they said I had 5 SIMS registered which I was unaware of, I went to Zong Office to cancel my number and they refused saying we are not authorised to cancel the sim, I will have to go to the main office in Peshawar City or Islamabad. I went to Warid and they charged me 20Rs to cancel the unknown number on my name straight away. then I went back to Ufone which is my current carrier and they refused to cancel the unknown numbers registered on my CNIC and asked me to do it in Ufone office in Islamabad. I could afford to spend 2000Rs Petrol and drive all the way to Islamabad but what about the rest of the people who dont know anything about their CNIC used by unknown people.Recommend

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