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Pakistan restricts movement of American diplomats

Pakistan has restricted the movement of United States diplomats stationed in the country. Pakistan’s Foreign Office, in its letter to the United States embassy, stated that envoys will be allowed only limited movement in the country. They will have to seek permission from the relevant authorities before traveling. American officials will not be allowed to…

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May 11, 2018


Telecom sector grows at rapid pace

ISLAMABAD: The telecommunication sector in the country has grown at a rapid pace and undergone an impressive transformation over the last four years. Introduction of Mobile Broadband Services (3G / 4G/LTE) in Pakistan is one of the biggest achievements of information Technology and Telecommunication Ministry. In 2014 award of four 3G Licenses awarded to Jazz…

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February 13, 2018


Number of branchless banking agents crosses 0.4 mln

ISLAMABAD: The number of branchless banking agents are witnessing continuous surge throughout the country, crossing 0.4 million at end of July, 2017. The number of branchless banking agents grew to all time high level at 402,710 throughout the country which includes customers care offices of mobile phone companies, franchises of mobile phone companies, pharmacy, mobile…

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December 7, 2017


CTD probes into use of Indian SIMs for cheating in Inter exams

Counter Terrorism Department has started its investigation into the use of Indian SIMs being used for the use of unfair means in intermediate exams.

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May 8, 2017


Govt decides to block CNIC, SIMs of militants, human traffickers

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to cancel travel documents and block national identity cards to withdraw certain facilities such as driving licenses, issuance of mobile sims and permission to open and operate bank accounts by members of proscribed organizations and human traffickers. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali…

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February 29, 2016


PTA blocks 27.5 million unverified SIMs

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked 27.5 million active SIMs which could not be verified till May 15. Some 75.5 million out of total 103 million active subscriber identity modules (SIMs) have been verified by the PTA during its verification drive which ended on Friday. The PTA has accordingly directed CMOs to block…

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May 16, 2015


More than 62.74 mln SIMs verified so far: Anusha

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday announced that more than 62.74 million SIMs have been verified so far against 47.76 million Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs). At a press conference here, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Mrs. Anusha Rahman flanked by Chairman PTA, Dr. Ismail Shah, said more than 10 million…

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February 27, 2015


SIMs verification: PTA extends deadline to April 14

ISLAMABAD: Cellular subscribers have until midnight to save themselves from tons of trouble as Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will block all the biometrically unverified connections at the end of the day, so rush it. “If not verified in the meantime, three or more Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) issued against one Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)…

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February 26, 2015


Last date of SIMs verification today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is likely to further extend date of verification process of mobile phone SIMs through biometric system as Feb 26 (Thursday) is last day for the procedure, Samaa reported. Sources said the PTA authorities are considering to extend the date since mobile companies have verified only 50 per cent of the…

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February 26, 2015


Long queues witnessed for SIMs' biometric verification

RAWALPINDI: Long queues have been witnessed at the cellular companies' centers after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) directed them to complete the re-verification process of subscriber identification modules (SIMs) through biometric devices till February 26. There was unusual hustle and bustle at all mobile phone companies' customer service centers, franchises and authorized retail outlets equipped with…

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February 11, 2015


Interior ministry directs PTA to block doubtful SIMS

ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee for Information Technology and Telecommunication on Wednesday was informed that Ministry of Interior verbally directed the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to block doubtful mobile SIMs in 91 days. The committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Idrees Khan Safi at Parliament House. The PTA official also informed the committee…

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January 14, 2015


Biometric verification essential for new mobile SIMs

ISLAMABAD: The government has made biometric verification essential for activation of new mobile SIMs. According to a spokesperson of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the scheme will come into effect from Friday. The spokesman said only those customer service centers of mobile companies, franchises and authorized retail outlets will be allowed sale of mobile SIMs and customer…

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July 30, 2014


Thousands of illegal Afghan SIMs blocked

ISLAMABAD: The roaming facility of five Afghan mobile phone companies has been blocked due to which more than 45,000 illegal Afghan SIMs have stopped functioning in the country. According to Wireless Federation report that the SIMs were blocked due to their allged use in terror activities and cases of abduction for ransom. The respective operators…

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June 25, 2014


PM asks PTA to block roaming facility of Afghan SIMs

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today directed telecommunication regularity authority to block roaming facility for Afghan SIM cards in Pakistan. According to Prime Minister House, the order was issued on a request of law enforcement agencies. The prime minister has asked Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to enforce the order over the next two days. Terrorists…

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June 21, 2014


PHC orders blocking of unregistered sims

Wed Desk PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court sanctioned fifteen days to KPK government to block unregistered Sims on Monday. Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan chaired the hearing of unregistered Sims cases.- SAMAA TV reportsChief Secretary KPK, IG Police and other high rank official were summoned for the hearing in which the Chief Justice reinstated, “If unregistered…

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December 17, 2013


4 million dangerous Sims of mobile phones

Moonis Ahmad sheds light on 4 million illegal mobile phones’ Sims and highlights dangerous being caused by those across Pakistan.

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September 12, 2013


Unregistered cell phone sims be blocked immediately, Prime Minister orders

Staff ReportLAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday ordered that unregistered cell phone sims should be blocked immediately.The prime minister was presiding over a high level meeting here at Raiwind to review law and order in the country.Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, DG IB, DG Rangers, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz…

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September 7, 2013


Unregistered Sims are security risk; new Sims’ buying procedure not correct, warns Ch. Nisar

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan has warned that unconfirmed and unregistered mobile Sims are security risk while procedure of purchasing new Sims is not correct, SAMAA reports.Ch. Nisar chaired an important meeting over national security issue in Islamabad on Thursday. Federal Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, top officials of NADRA,…

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September 5, 2013


FBR imposes Rs250 sales tax on sale, activation of cell phone sims

Web DeskISLAMABAD: In a move which is likely to attract consumers’ flak, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Friday imposed sales tax on sale and activation of cell phone sims at a flat rate of Rs250 per sim, SAMAA reports.According to a notification issued by the FBR, mobile phone companies are required to submit…

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May 31, 2013


Retail sale of SIMs will be stopped; Youtube will be reopened: Malik

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday that sale of SIMs will be stopped from shops from December 1st. While talking in a press club here, the minister said the SIMs would be dispatched by the respective mobile phone companies to the addresses given on the National Identity Cards.Malik also said that Youtube…

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November 8, 2012


Sargodha: 4K illegall SIMs seized

Staff ReportSARGODHA: At least four thousand illegally activated mobile phone SIMs were seized by the police. The law enforcers believed that some of them might have been smuggled to Waziristan, SAMAA reports.On a tipoff, Sargodha police raided several shops and offices and detained around 20 accused and registered cases against them. The police sealed 11…

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October 8, 2012