SIM Reverification Drive to Get Audited by Interior Ministry

In a cautious move, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to get SIM re-verification campaign audited by Interior Ministry to make sure that SIM reverification process was carried out smoothly, reported The Nation.

After this audit, Ministry of Interior will establish if SIM reverification process, as a whole, was carried out well or not.

Citing an unnamed official from regulator, The Nation reported that PTA has written a letter to Ministry of Interior to form a team that would carry out audit of SIM re-verification process by visiting mobile phone companies’ offices.

PTA has invited Ministry of Interior to do a task that should have been done by PTA itself

This team from Ministry of Interior, along with experts from PTA, will make sure that mobile phone companies have re-verified each and every SIM while all un-verified numbers are blocked.

Apparently the telecom regulator doesn’t want to hold any responsibility for re-verification process and has invited Ministry of Interior to do a task that should have been done by PTA itself.

Having said this, the audit from Interior Ministry will remove the blame of un-registered SIMs from Telecom Industry for ever and no one would be able to point fingers on telecom companies for aiding anonymous communication.

It merits mentioning here that Mobile phone companies completed a three month long biometric re-verification campaign on Sunday through which 103 million prepaid SIMs were supposed to be re-verified by their legitimate owners.

Each mobile phone user was asked to go to service centre, franchise or retail outlet of his/her respective mobile operator and re-verify his identity by matching his/her thumb impression with NADRA’s database, thus ensuring that the owner of the registered SIM is indeed the legitimate CNIC holder against which the SIM is registered.

More than 26 Million SIMs were blocked for non-verification.

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

  • well i can make it easy for them. NO they did not verify the sims correctly. Had it been the FOUR mobilink sims that were illegally registered in my NIC would have been closed yesterday. But they are somehow still active. so either there are duds sitting at mobilink or the entire system was a sham from the start.

    • Because only incoming and outgoing calls have been barred from those numbers. I will take another 180 days for permanent block. You may visit outlet for clearance of number not in your use.

  • I verified my Mobilink number via biometric, but is not showing any verified Mobilink number against my cnic, what is this?

  • My 2 sims still working without any Verifation i contact for sims Blocking Request to customer care centre opretor said me Your sims Already blocked but my unverified sim working fine i Requested to PTA Please take a Action ageist Mobile opretors Thank you

  • I am using a telenor connection since 4 years and now after bio metric system someone perform change of ownership activity after 2 or 3 days. I went to telenor office transfer ownership to own again after 2, 3 days ownership transfer for somebody else. and this drama is going. 345 cant help franchise says other person provides him sufficient detail to transfer of ownership. no action tag option only available at CS which is 400 km away from me. mailed to PTA after 15 days I receive call from telenor that action has been taken against point who doing illegal activity. but after 10 days this drama starts again. 2 days ago I transfer to my name and today I receive msg change of ownership to M Amir…. hahahaha… well done Telenor well done PTA..

    • convert your number to postpaid and this will not happen again. Because for postpaid both parties have to come visit Service center

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