Senate panel calls for action against illegal SIMs
Karachi (TheNews / Friday, October 5, 2012) – Out of the 120 million SIM cards in circulation across Pakistan, 67% (80 million) are illegal as they are either issued against bogus documents or no documents at all, stated Sharfuddin Memon, consultant to the Home Department of Sindh, who quoted figures from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authorities (PTA).
He was speaking at a meeting organised by the Standing Committee on Human Rights in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday. The committee, chaired by MNA Riaz Fatyana, would present its recommendations to the Sindh Governor and lobby for legislation on human rights issues after consulting various civil society activists as well as law and order experts in the province.
One of the main reasons for the increase in crime, Memon pointed out, was the misuse of the cell phone. “We are in negotiations with the cellular companies to crack down on illegally issued SIM cards, but little progress has been made as the practice is still prevalent,” he added.
Memon proposed that when delivering SIMs, cellular companies should use the same procedure followed by banks for credit cards.
“They should be delivered to the customer’s home address. This way, the networks will have a record of the customer’s location”.