Prepaid Sims Issue – PM calls for protecting mobile phone services
Islamabad (Friday, August 24, 2012) – Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to take measures for protecting the mobile services from elements misusing it without causing any inconvenience to the common man.
PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf gave these directions in a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who called on him at the PM House on Friday. He said that the mobile was an essential requirement of the modern day life and citizens of Pakistan must continue to enjoy this facility without any disruption.
Rehman Malik briefed the PM about the steps taken by the Ministry of Interior on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr for pre-empting any untoward incident. He said that the decision of blocking the mobile facility in certain areas played a critical role in maintaining peace during the Eid.
Mechanism being devised to control cell phone usage for terrorist activities: Malik
Islamabad (Friday, August 24, 2012) – Interior Minister Rehman Malik has vowed to devise a mechanism in order to ensure that mobile phones are not used as tool for terrorist activities.
The government has no intention of blocking all unregistered Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) immediately as it would cause inconvenience to users besides negatively impacting upon the revenue. A meeting of all stakeholders would be convened to form strategy as how to deal with matter of SIMs issued against fake identity cards or in the name of someone else, he told Radio Pakistan.
The minister proposed that SIMs should be verified against thumb impression of the applicants through the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).
Malik said the issue of SIMs would be resolved keeping in view the foreign investment and interests of cellular operators. He said there would have been many acts of terrorism if cellular service was not suspended in four cities on the eve of Eid and added the government had definite information about a conspiracy hatched to destabilise the country and designs of the enemies were foiled through effective coordination among intelligence and law enforcing agencies.