PTA Took Action On Illegal Sims Cards

Plan Of Action In That Regard. The Committee Observed That The Illegal Sims Were A Threat To The County’s Security.

PTA Took Action On Illegal Sims Cards

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Friday informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication that it had blocked around 732,000 illegal Subscriber Identity/Identification Modules (SIMs) during 2021 till date. However, the committee meeting that was chaired by Ali Khan Jadoon, expressed dissatisfaction over the action taken against the illegal use of the SIM cards, directing the PTA and NADRA chairmen to appear before the body with a comprehensive plan of action in that regard. The committee observed that the illegal SIMs were a threat to the county’s security.

The chairman said, “We want to end the issue of illegal SIMs as soon as possible but the departments concerned are not cooperating with us as these are threatening the national security.” PTA representatives informed the committee that the authority had introduced stringent measures to check the illegal SIMs and problems had been considerably reduced.

He said the PTA had also taken punitive action against mobile operators whose sales centers or franchises were found involved in the issuance of SIMs without fulfilling mandatory requirements and verification. “We have directed the mobile operators not to issue SIMs without biometric verification.” The chairman asked the PTA officials to share national policy on cyber-crime with the members of the committee in the next meeting.

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