PTA Awaits Detailed Order on One SIM Per CNIC Judgment

PTA-logoAs we reported yesterday, a judgment has been issued by Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority(PTA) to bring an immediate halt to illegal sale of mobile phone SIMs in Balochistan.

Judgment was issued by a three-judge bench hearing a petition on the law and order situation and human rights violations in Balochistan at Quetta Registry of the apex court.

Preliminary judgment said that PTA should take measures necessary to make sure that only one SIM could be issued against a single CNIC in Baluchistan Province.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, in this regards, is waiting for detailed order to get the orders implemented. A PTA official while speaking with ProPakistani said that short order has been received, however, authority is waiting for detailed judgment to proceed further in this regards.

Cellular companies are internally working out to see how best to act on the judgment. They have obtained the short order from supreme court at their own to know the details.

It merits mentioning here that cellular companies can not proceed directly on supreme court’s orders. Instead, they will wait for PTA’s directive to implement the highest court’s order.

An official of cellular company confirmed ProPakistani that nothing has been communicated by PTA on one SIM per CNIC rule as of now. However, a meeting is expected in next few days to detail down the implementation of SC order.

As per details we have got, Supreme Court judgment, directed PTA to make sure that no mobile subscriber (in Balochistan) posses more than one SIM of one operator on one CNIC – or in other words, a mobile subscriber can not have more than one SIM of one operator on his/her CNIC in Balochistan.

More details (such as deadline for the implementation of One SIM per One CNIC, and other modalities) are to follow, when supreme court will issue detailed order.

Officials of mobile companies aren’t sure of the impact of this order – “it is too early to comment on it” an official maintained, however, he was of the view that this won’t impact the subscriber’s’ count at large, mainly due to low mobile phone penetration in Balochistan region.

Reports suggest that Balochistan has less than 4 percent of total mobile phone subscribers’ base. Stats for Baluchistan’s share for Traffic and revenue generations aren’t much different than the subscriber base.

in December 2009, as per PTA, cellular penetration in Balochistan was mere 32.6 percent, compared to 59.6 percent countrywide penetration. PTA then said that Balochistan had 2.6 million subscribers out of 97 million total mobile subscribe base in the country.

Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • It is not particle able exercise for either cellular companies nor customers the reason is already a many of customers having more than 1 sim on their CNIC…but of court tried to implement this forcefully then many lope holes will also open…

    • its a 100% implementable excersice , they shoud stopn new activation on already registered CNICs and start working on the old activations

  • Cheif Justice sometimes issues orders without thinking. Why only Baluch can have one SIM per NIC and rest of country enjoys as many as they wish?
    Orders to have only registered SIM would make much sense

    • Yes, I was wondering earlier if the order was even constitutional to start with. This is a case of discriminating against residents of one province in a matter that should be strictly commercial (resident getting commercial service for mobile service provider).

      And really, how does it even solve a problem? If someone got ID information of someone who just died, they could register a sim against that person. Technically still following the order (1 person 1 sim) except the person is dead.

  • Its not a good idea.. Many children use sim registered on their parents CNIC… It would end that facility.

  • Un.Sence order, justic sab, there are so many major problems us pay dhayan daina, sim per Nic 1 Sim, is chakar ko choray, or awam kay maslooon ke taraf dhayan dain, umemployment, electricity, loadsheding, Manghaiee, Target Killing, in cheezo ki tawaja dain,

  • ye buhut hi behtreen idea hai agr puray mulk mai implement kiya jaye to har tarhan ki gair ikhlaki harkatein band hojayengi… ! i supported this for whole country…

  • hey Guys… 1 se zyada sim 1 bnda use ker sakta hai lekin different operators ka.e.g telenor,ufone,warid,zong,jazz,
    so maximum 5 sim allowd hain..

    ye esliye bata raha hon;q k baaz logon ko confussion hai esme….

  • i think it is a good decision bcox sims more then one of a single opertor with a user doesnt earn any arpu so on checking vlr activities of sim whether it is being using or not .., it can be blocked

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