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FPCCI urges govt to block illegal SIMs

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KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Monday urged the government to devise a mechanism for blocking illegal mobile SIMs. In a statement, FPCCI President Zakaria Usman said that illegal arms and SIM cards were the weapons used for creating a law and order situation in the country. “The government should […]

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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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Court directs PTA to block illegal SIMs

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block all illegal and unregistered SIMs (subscriber identity module) of Afghan and Pakistani cellular phone companies within 15 days as these had been mostly used in acts of terrorism, kidnapping for ransom and extortion. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Mohammad […]

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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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Sorting SIMs

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The issue of illegal SIMs has continued for months and as a consequence we have seen the frequent blocking of cellular services linked to security concerns including the use of mobile phones for illegal activities, terrorism included. It is believed that controlling the use of SIMs could prevent this. With past efforts to do so […]

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Illegal SIMs

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Sir: As expected, the prime minister’s recent announcement to block all ‘unregistered’ cell phone SIMs went completely unheeded. As the vague announcement did not clarify what kind of SIM would be considered unregistered, everyone thought it best to ignore the statement until something more specific was agreed upon. The misuse of SIMs is deeply related […]

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PTA lacks system to block SIMs operated from Afghanistan, National Assembly told

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has no system and mechanism to block SIMs operated from Afghanistan, the National Assembly was informed here on Wednesday. Responding to a call attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed admitted that cellophanes SIMs of Afghanistan were being sold on large scale in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, particularly in […]

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PHC summons govt, telecom officials over unverified SIM cards

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PESHAWAR: Taking suo moto notice of open sale of mobile phone SIM cards without proper verification, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan on Friday summoned the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman, the secretary interior ministry and chief executives of all the mobile companies at the next hearing of the case. A single bench […]

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