PTA has started confirming blocking unverified SIMs

PTA starts confirming blocking unverified SIMs

KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has started confirming blocking unverified SIMs by auditing the Home Location Registers (HLRs) of the cellular mobile operators (CMOs), a statement said.

A PTA team headed by the director general (enforcement) visited the CMO offices on Thursday and Friday to confirm the blocking of SIMs that could not be re-verified beyond September. During the visit, progress made by CMOs on identifying and blocking “not re-verified” SIMs was checked by the PTA. CMOs ensured the PTA to continue their efforts against identity theft, wherein SIMs were activated without the knowledge of CNIC holders.

The PTA has set up a system called “SIM Information System – 668” in order to ensure that the SIMs are registered against the CNIC of the authorized user. A customer can get the count of each mobile company’s SIMs registered against his / her CNIC by sending his / her CNIC number to short code “668”. In case of any data counterpart, the customer can remove extra SIMs against his / her CNIC by requesting respective operator.

Users of all such disinherited SIMs are then approached by respective mobile operators to get the SIM registered against his / her CNIC. Otherwise, the same is blocked after 15 days’ time period. People have been called for to support the PTA and CMOs by using this system and disinherit extra SIMs registered on their CNICs without their consent, the statement said.

The PTA is following the policy guideposts of the government on blocking and verification of SIMs. It is hoped that the issue of unauthorized SIMs will be settled through a joint effort by all stakeholders, including people


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