PM Disapproves Sale of SIMs through Home Delivery, Ban on MNP Lifted [Updated]

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1Raja Pervez Ashraf, Prime Minister of Pakistan, has disapproved Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s November 13th directive, in which mobile operators were asked to not to sell new mobile connections at franchises, service centres or retailers; instead SIMs were to be dispatched to subscribers’ home addresses given on their CNICs.

Sources tell us that Prime Minister made this announcement after meeting the CEOs of all cellular companies today at Prime Minister house in Islamabad.

Sources tell ProPakistani that current market situation, notably the new SIM rules, ban on MNP and cellular suspension on religious and national occasions were discussed during the meeting.

Prime minister has reportedly agreed to withdraw all the directions that were issued in November 13th directive of PTA.

Initial information, that we are getting, suggests that cellular companies have agreed to deploy biometric solutions on their service centres, franchises and retailers to ensure customer verification through thumb impression before selling the SIMs.

Mobile companies will continue to sell SIM cards from their self owned and operated business centres as well as franchise centres after due verification from National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). However, the sale of SIMs from retail network shall remain suspended until the biometric devices are deployed at each retailer store.

It is learned that pictures of customers will also be stored in cellular companies’ database before issuance of SIMs.

Mobile phone companies are directed to deploy biometric solutions for customers’ verification with-in two month.

The Prime Minister also withdrew the earlier restriction imposed on mobile number portability (MNP) and said that the present arrangement of number portability would continue due to high integrity of data, adding that verification of IMEI numbers of handset should be ensured.

Reportedly, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf directed the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Information technology to immediately sit with Customs and other relevant authorities to streamline the import and local assembling of cellular handsets in the country and ensure that all handsets bear unique identification numbers(IMEI) and handsets without IMEI and duplicate IMEI be banned.

Those who attended the meeting include Prime Minister’s Advisor on IT, Dr. Basit Riaz, Secretary Interior Khawaja Siddique Akbar, Chairman PTA Mr Farooq Awan, Secretary IT and other senior officials.

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  • imran

    iski kaun sunta hai yeh to batao???

    • Saad Siddique

      Rahman Malik ki sun letay hein to ye to chalo phir PM hai :P

    • sun bi li or ap sochte raho

  • HAM BUT SOME NEW RULES ARE GOING TO TAKE PLACE

  • DJ

    Finally suni Gye sign of Relief for All GSM Guys !!

    • yes but imei wali bat koi nai samaj ayi

      • Muslim

        imei verification means to assure that same mobile set is used after mnp which was earlier being used, so that number theft through mnp can be prohibited.

  • Imran Yousaf

    Biometric solution is best I think

  • Kamran Khan Mohmand

    haha i was stuck in warid, and was missing mnp very much lolsss

    • ab again enjoy mnp

    • IrfanZafarAwan

      and i was stuk in zong. hoping this curb was lifting soooooooooon!

  • Salman Abbas

    Chalo koi to acha kam kia Raja Rental ney :/

  • edward mayya

    what thats good decision mr Rehman malik go to home

  • Rabia Khan

    Business wins ;)
    Retailers, TelCos and “Big Boss” all are Happy :D

  • Baloch

    There is a very simple solution which is NEVER tried by anyone. “All Mobile SIMs (both prepaid and postpaid) compulsorily be registered with one’s CNIC data at NADRA data-base within 3 month’s time.”

  • Bilal Ashraf

    hmm at last MNP service resume… thats good

    • Guest

      MNP resumed good but MNP and new sim should only be processed through franchise and authorised company service center…. not like tofee’s and candy’s from retail outlets…lol

  • kiya companies pese dene pe agreed hogaen hain >.>

  • dramay bazian

  • fksysko

    No surprise..Dumb Paki Govt. as always. :)

  • Muhammad Anas Zafar

    Dont Worry! Mr. Rehman Malik has other Ideas to entertain you!

    • MobileFun.pk

      lolz…. yes right, he will come back with some new irritating idea

  • fake sims sall jitnee frenchise pr hoti hai utni kahein b nai hoti.
    q k frenchise yeh sub apna Target pura kr ne k lye kr te hein.ab phir wohi kuchh hoga.
    ur Rehman baba kia kre ga………..

  • edward mayya

    hi there any one using evo nitro take a speed test http://speedtest.ptcl.net/
    and share result here thaks

  • silentplay3r

    So his(Rehman Malik) business is in loss after this notifications. He must be unhappy and may down size his company force :)

  • syedumer94

    i like RAJA PM Dismissed Act of REHMAN MALIK Naeee ahhaahhaha

  • awesome :)

  • SSH

    government is destroying telco industry every day.We will be using this 2G for
    generations.

  • SSH

    @ Aamir Atta Please sort the posts according to the date.

  • sim sale from retailers stoped yesterday night and sms received on loads sims to not sale any sim
    but no plan come for stock laying by retailers

  • ZAID NAFEES

    dhEAKNA Ek diN iNo nAy DNA sampel lAy k sim dAni hai……… :D

  • Ananym0us

    i want to buy a sim and it was not avaible anywhere. Rehman Malik is the biggest terrorist.

  • sim sale started from company customer service centers and franchises
    but retail network is down till now retailer are waiting for sale start but its look like its going to take some time