Directive Issued to Allow Maximum of 5 SIMs Against One CNIC

Pakistan SIMsFollowing the orders of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced a significant change in “Subscriber Antecedents Verification Regulation 2010” by allowing maximum of 5 SIMs against one CNIC of any operator.

Earlier Chief Justice of Pakistan had ordered to make arrangements necessary to make sure that only one SIM could be issued against a single CNIC.

Before this directive, each CNIC holder could own 10 SIMs of one operator, or 40 SIMs of 4 cellular operators at most. But according to the new rule, one customer will be able to hold maximum of 5 SIMs against his/her CNIC of one or multiple operators.

Government of Pakistan’s SRO that revised old regulation said:

Amendment of Regulation 7, SRO 1189(1)/2010 of 2010 – at page 3975 regulation 7 shall be substituted and read as following:

“Maximum number of SIM(s) to be issued to individual CNIC holders – All CNIC holders shall be entitled to purchase in their name up to a maximum of five SIM(s) whether from one or more operators”

Reportedly, the directive has been received by Mobile cellular operators and they are evaluating their options for the implementation of this order.

The status of those connections that have been sold in past and are in access of 5 in number on one CNIC is still unclear. Industry is hoping that this rule will be applicable on new sales only and those connections that have already been sold will not be impacted.

An official of a cellular operator argued that directive from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority doesn’t explain the status of already sold SIMs, for which industry will wait for Standard Operating Procedures that might not be made available soon given the Chairman PTA is stepping down on July 24th, 2012.

Officials of telecom industry believe that issuing the directive is meaningless unless the standard operating procedures aren’t revised by PTA. He maintained that blockade of old connections exceeding 5 SIMs on single CNIC will arise serious issues for customers and mobile companies.

Analysts believe that this directive is not implementable unless authority keeps a check on mobile companies’ records. They opined that cellular mobile operators will have to keep track of number of SIMs issued on one CNIC and should deny activation for more than 5 SIMs on single CNIC at 789 activation phase – which isn’t happening as of now at least.

A legal expert, when contacted for opinion, said that Supreme Court can take suo motu notice if its judgments aren’t implemented by PTA, for which telecom authority is suppose to submit a compliance report with in specific time frame.

It is feared that number of mobile connection will notably come down if this rule of 5 SIMs on single CNIC is implemented on already sold SIMs too.

Note: Customers can check number of SIMs issued on their CNIC through 668 service or by clicking on this link:

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Sorry Aamir bhai, but PTA is simply good for nothing!!!!! They can’t do what they are made for.

      • I am not of your opinion, it would go against the right of individual to select ANY cellular operator. So, I think the PTA is quite justified in allowing 5 SIMMs per person.

  • This is good but really if PTA can work on it and dont allow any user more then 5 sims.

  • bohat purana ho gaya yah to. Rehman malik ( baloch ) nay bhi yahi kahan tha magar abhi tak to kuch bhi nahin howa. amir tum bhi wo news laga karoo jo implement ho chuki ho yah to jhooti khabar hay.

    • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, a Department which cares for our rights against Pakistani Cellular Companies.

  • Well, What about those who currently have more than 5 SIMs on their CNIC?

    I have two SIMs purchased about 7 years ago without a CNIC and even I dont know on whose name they are registered to but they are still working.

    Its all rubbish stuff nothing will be implemented as long as PTA is there.

    Long live PTA!

  • sim’s jatni b hon lakin reg ko yakani banana chaye….sim ki limit say logion ka or opratiors ka bara garq ho jy ga…..cheef sab kowi or dang ka kam kero awam ko tang na ker sirf govt ko tang kero…..

  • people are confusing this new update with the previous one. Guys before it was 5 sims if each network could be registered on 1 CNIC but now the total number from all the networks is 5. Either u get one sim from each network or get 5 sims from one network and ur limit is over

  • KYA KOE MJY BTA SKTA HAI K MRY CNIC PR KON KON SAY TELENOR K NUMBR ACTIVE ny 1 he kya tha ab 668 say chek kya to 3 hain.baki 2 numbr kon say hain ye kesy pta chaly ga.plz agr pta hai kisi ko to zror btain.03477534796

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