CPLC Lahore Has a Website Now – Asks 17 Digit IMEI Instead of 15

CPLC Lahore has setup its website, for online point of contact for citizens. Along with many other activities, you can report a stolen cell phone on this website as well.

Here is the link: http://www.cplc-lahore.gop.pk/mobile-theft-form

But unfortunately, like so many other government websites, CPLC Lahore presents another masterpiece of un-professional work. Let me explain why,

First option is about “Complain Type” and options are

  • Yes
  • No

After this, here comes another blunder: Form asks for 17 digit IMEI number. As they didn’t know that there are 15 digits for IMEI number of every GSM phone (at least on planet Earth)

Let me tell you another very interesting fact that there are actually two forms for reporting Mobile Phone theft, one linked in top menu and another in left menu.

By clicking on “Report Mobile Theft” button, you will reach this page: http://www.cplc-lahore.gop.pk/mobile-theft-form-old

Form on this page make some sense, other than this field: “Office Number is mandatory”. This page is said to be old one (as in url) and probably is not monitored, only Allah knows better.


    • CPLC deals only with 15 digit IMEI numbers. IMEI is always 15 digits, the 2 extra digit exists as an identifier for your Service Provider only. Which in not common in Pakistan, as our networks don’t provide handsets also.

      • bhai meray 2 digits are software version and not for Service Provider. IMEI is specific to device itself and it has nothing to do with service provider. If in pakistan only 15 digits IMEI are used then thats fine I was only trying to say that do not generalize it to whole world :-) as the author worte

        “As they didn’t know that there are 15 digits for IMEI number of every GSM phone (at least on planet Earth)”

  • I think you are mistaken. Quite a few phone sets’ IMEI numbers are longer than 15 digits. Whether it is an IMEI or IMEISV number, whatever the phone displays using the IMEI retrieval method should be recorded as reported by the phone and stored accordingly. It should be recorded and subsequently reported in case of a mishap exactly as it IS. I don’t think there is an error on part of CPLC.

  • i am a shopkeeper off and on brand new cell phones are stollen from my shopin packed form. how can i blocked them and how can i trace them if these are being used by somebody.

  • میرا موبائل فون نوکیاکا گم ھوگیا ھے میں جانناں چاھتاھوں کہ میرے imei کونسا sim card چل رھا ھے
    براۓ مھربانی فرماکر کوي سلوشن بتائں

  • mera mobile nokia ka chori ho geya hai mere pass daba uor rsid bi hai imei se pata chal sekta hai ke ab uos main kon si sim card chall rha hai paless agr koi slotin hai to btai aaaaaaa

  • cplc mera cell about 4months pehle chori ho gya tha magar ab wo mje wapis mil gya ha me ne wo cplc se block karwaya tha tab magar ab me call karti hun unblock karwane ke liye to wo kehte hen ke mere cell ka koi record majood nhi ha .. mje kya karna chahiye tell me plzzz


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