Grey Traffickers, Fraudsters, Wrong Callers to be the Ultimate Losers of SIM Re-Verification

While we have discussed and determined this before, terrorist aren’t the ones who are worried about SIM re-verification. In fact its grey telephony traffickers and those lottery fraudsters (who send Benazir Income Support Prize and similar messages) that are in real trouble these days.

While we agree that the sole purpose of SIM re-verification drive (of eliminating terrorism from the country) might not get achieved but various other evils will be wiped out with convenience.

After SIM re-verification deadline, only those SIMs with real owners (who have physically verified their numbers with their thumb impressions) will be allowed to work while all other un-verified SIMs will get blocked.

Meaning that each working SIM is going to have an owner after April 14th, 2015, a person whom law-enforcement agencies will be able to catch in case of any inappropriateness against a SIM number.

Which means that random lottery scammers, who were able to remain under the cover of anonymous SIMs will now come under the radar. They won’t be able to work anonymously as law enforcement agencies will get to them one way or the other through the number that is given in text message for the correspondence.

After SIM re-verification, every SIM number will have a owner to blame or take responsibility for any inappropriateness

Similarly, grey telephony traffickers who used to use anonymous SIMs for their illegal call exchanges (that PTA and FIA are so vigorously hunting these days) will have to wrap-up their operations.

With a SIM number that will have a owner to blame or take responsibility, grey telephony traffickers are scratching their heads these days as they are soon going to be out of business.

We have been receiving unconfirmed reports that grey telephony industry is making its utmost efforts to sabotage SIM re-verification drive through threat calls to cellular industry, creating chaos at service centres and by constantly digging into ways of cracking biometric verification system.

Similarly, those irritating and unavoidable wrong-callers will be put on permanent hold as well. Currently, in case of any wrong-caller (especially to females) we have no solution but to change our mobile phone numbers — because blocking one number will mean more such calls from another random number — but after SIM re-verification drive any (known or unknown) call will trace back to someone; someone who will be held responsible for such calls.

All in all, SIM re-verification drive will leave good impact on society leaving us with less problems than we have today.

As mentioned above, terrorism or criminals might not get contained with SIM re-verification, but those fraudsters who were freely in business due to anonymous SIMs will have to find new ventures to keep their kitchens running.

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


  • Ameer Hamza

    Just hope that no discrepancies are left after the process

  • Shahid Saleem

    I think this article is VERY OPTIMISTICAL but I am willing to wait and see. Currently feeling skeptical that it will wipe out lottery spams calls (received one just otday!)

    • Shameel Faraz

      This comment is VERY PESSIMISTICAL

      • Shahid Saleem

        What else can I think? I live in Pakistan and see the situation.

    • Ahmed Habib

      Commentor tried to be over smart.

      • Shahid Saleem

        Nothing smart or stupid about it. Look around you and see how badly teleom situation is handled since even Musharraf days. Deal with Etisalaat for PTCL delayed us from getting 3G/4G for at least 5 years.

    • aamir7

      You can’t expect them to go away now, or get eliminated completely, but more than 98 percent are supposed to die down after April 14th, 2015.

      • Bilal Iqbal

        It is just like Virus Scan in our PC….;)

      • Abbas Khan

        Can’t wait to get rid of the spam advertisement messages every few hours. NO I DONT HAVE AN OLD WINDOW AC TO SELL, STOP IT.

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Sick Of That “Benzer Incom Supourt Pragrame”.

  • Pyari

    2nd para, last line : “they will get extremely had to” hard* to, is all you mean, I gather ?

    • aamir7

      thank you for correction.

  • Ahmed Karim

    Gray traffic has to be eliminated and all the Sims in country
    should have a traceable owner. But this APC rate should be brought down. Millions
    of Pakistanis work abroad away from their families. Higher calling rates to
    Pakistan limits their ability to talk back home which further adds to the loneliness
    they suffer.

  • The title of this article should be changed to “Benefits of BVS!”. I don’t think PTA or our interior ministry had all of these benefits in their mind when they planned this drive!

  • akhtar Mir

    Ha, Ha , I tried to ask on chat line offered by Mobil link what is the procedure as I am out of country . No reply , No answer. Can any one help me. Its very simple-” I am out of country and would not be able to return before march this year.” What should I do. Any service for citizens who are abroad on business or vacation? It will take some time, may be months to sort out these issues. It is not so simple and more over , as I always said the these TELCOS are not eager to sort out the security issues of the citizens. I am Mobil Link subscriber who claim to be the best.

    • ayaz

      You will get 180 to activate your sim by going to telcos franchise aftef it gets blocked once due to non verification.

  • waqar

    what about spams we get from telecom companies :-p

  • Aslam

    This is a very realistic analysis of the situation…

  • Abid khan

    They will find another way, you don’t worry :P