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SIM security

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The state of security in our country is brought home to us again and again. We see it each time we cross a picket standing on a road or go through the multiple checks at airports and even hotels. With the use of illegal or unregistered SIM cards seen as a key element in the […]

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Mobile signals ‘intrusion’ irks PTA

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LAHORE: The signals of Indian and Afghan mobile operators continue to spill over into Pakistan territory. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed occurrence of “cross-border interference” along Pakistan’s borders with India and Afghanistan. “We have taken measures to curb the interference. The ministries concerned and the law-enforcement agencies have been asked to take up […]

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Protection from cyber crimes: IT, telecom policy to be presented soon, says minister

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication is devising a comprehensive IT and Telecom Policy to ensure the maximum protection to masses from the widespread cyber crimes including financial scams, fraudulent online activities and women harassment. This was stated by State Minister of IT and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman at the ‘1st Consumers IT and […]

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Illegal SIMs: FIA, police barred from raiding franchises

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has restrained the interior ministry and the Crime Investigation Department (CID) authorities from raiding the franchises of cellular companies that are allegedly selling mobile SIMs illegally. Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, who headed the bench, also issued notices to the secretaries of the interior ministry, provincial home department, provincial police […]

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Raids on franchises put a dampener on legal sale of SIMs

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KARACHI: The franchises of different cellular companies have ‘restrained’ or in some cases temporarily suspended sales activities in the wake of raids by personnel of law-enforcement agencies and arrests of sales agents on charges of selling illegal SIMs. Perturbed at what they termed as ‘harassment’, five leading cellular service operators of the country have sought […]

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Re-verification of SIMs activated after May 2013 ordered

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Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui ordered on Tuesday that the mobile phone SIMs activated after May 30 last year should be re-verified within 30 days through the biometric system. He issued this directive while chairing a meeting with the Additional Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General (CID), Special Secretary Home, Director Inspector General (Admin), Karachi, SSP […]

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Sindh government to devise plan to block illegal SIMs

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KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to devise a strategy to curb the use of illegal SIMs, after having failed to receive an adequate response from the federal government. The strategy was discussed at a law and order meeting at the CM House on Wednesday. The meeting, chaired by chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, […]

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Hitting back: PTA steps up efforts to curb grey trafficking

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) seems to have emerged as a powerful and effective regulator in the past couple of months despite critics’ popular opinion about the body not performing up to the standards. From carefully handling the process of spectrum auction for high-speed mobile internet services to taking practical measures for solving complex […]

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‘PTA’s deadline for SIM verification met’

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LAHORE: Cellular phone companies claimed on Friday to have met the Dec 20 deadline set by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to install at their outlets in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan and Faisalabad the biometric verification system meant for stopping the illegal sale of SIMs. The PTA had asked the companies to complete […]

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Import of cellphones without IMEI number not to be allowed

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, (PTA), as part of its measures to curb misuse of SIMs, has disallowed those cellphones or smartphones which are being imported without any International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) or with fake IMEI number. A task force headed by Chairman PTA was formed by Supreme Court to look into matter of issuance […]

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Illegal SIMs: some suggestions

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A SIGNIFICANT contributor to the law and order situation in the country has been the unaccountable SIMs which are then used either to coordinate acts of terrorism or criminal activities, as well as in some extreme cases to detonate bombs. Owing to the absence of a regime where SIMs could be associated with the person […]

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Illegal SIMs: task force to submit report to Supreme Court tomorrow

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The task force constituted by the Supreme Court on illegal SIMs has finalised its report and would submit it to the apex court on Monday, it is learnt. The task force met Friday with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah in the chair. Ways and means were finalised as per the directives […]

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Illegal SIMs selling like peanuts

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Illegal activation of SIMs continues in Pakistan. Still despite claims by the Interior Ministry and the companies concerned, SIMs are sold at every corner of the street, pan shop, general store, and road-side kiosks. That a SIM must be sold only at the business center of an authorized franchise of the company remains a forlorn […]

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Fakers using details from electoral rolls

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ISLAMABAD: While the government has been making efforts to curb the use of illegal SIMs [subscriber identity modules], violators have come up with a unique formula to go through the activation process, for their unlawful activities whatsoever. It has become a challenge for the government to eliminate those integrated circuits not being used by the […]

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