STAFF REPORT IBD: Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has said that thousands of illegal SIMs have been blocked through the SIM detection system and, 390,000 suspected local IP addresses have also been blocked.

She stated this while chairing a follow-up meeting regarding monitoring of grey traffic under ICT arrangements at the Ministry of IT.

Federal Secretary for IT Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, PTA Chairman Dr Ismail Shah, telecom member and senior officials of the ministry and PTA were also present on the occasion.

The meeting was apprised regarding achievements and challenges faced by the PTA. The minister categorically directed that the government is committed to take stringent measures to ensure that all traffic terminating in Pakistan is on legal networks, so that there is no compromise on legal framework for telecom business and financial loss to the exchequer. PTA in collaboration with FIA should continue to raid illegal activities and take it to logical conclusion, she asserted.

The minister also directed the PTA chairman to complete comprehensive training of the Authoritys officials on operational aspects of the new system so that they would be able to operate the monitoring devices effectively and detect all illegal VOIPs.

It was also agreed that devices associated with suspected IP addresses should be identified through IPDRs and radius information and subsequently blocked by the service provider.

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