Mobile Phone Users Urge Removal of 5 SIMs Per 1 CNIC Restriction

Since all new SIMs and the old SIMs are now biometrically verified and there is no way of getting a SIM without proper verification of customer, Mobile phone users of Pakistan have urged Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to get the limit of 5 SIMs per 1 CNIC removed.

According to a PTA directive issued in July 2012, all mobile phone companies are required to check the number of SIMs issued against a CNIC before making a new sale. Moreover, telcos were directed to not to sell any new SIM to users who have five or more SIMs registered against one CNIC.

PTA’s directive was outcome of a Supreme Court verdict that had asked PTA to make necessary arrangements for blocking of illegal sale of SIMs and maximum of 5 SIMs per 1 CNIC rule was imposed to discourage illegal sales.

Time has changed now and because all new and old SIMs are verified through biometric verification of customers, and hence there’s no chance of illegal sale of SIMs and this is why Supreme Court’s directive has become irrelevant at this point in time.

After biometric verification of all SIMs, 5 SIMs per 1 CNIC rule has become irrelevant and should be revoked at earliest: Telcos

Due to cultural trends of Pakistan, mobile phone SIMs are usually registered against male members of the family and SIMs used by females, under-age users are registered against male members, who — in most cases — have exhausted their 5 SIMs per 1 CNIC limit. In such situations, they are not offered any new SIM because of PTA’s 5 SIMs per 1 CNIC rules.

Moreover, since we have 3G and 4G networks in Pakistan now, users have multiple devices (smartphone, tablets, Dongles) with internet access that require separate conventional and data SIMs. With Internet of Things (IoT) approaching Pakistan’s shores, this demand for more SIMs per user will only increase during days to come.

This scenario and the rule is barring telcos’ potential sales, who are already struggling with new sales due to increased saturation and BVS verification.

While PTA has said that they will work on getting 5 SIMs per 1 CNIC rule revoked, mobile phone users and telcos are still waiting for any development on the matter. They have urged PTA to get the rule cancelled at earliest.

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

  • Arslan Ejaz


    • Shariq Ansari


      • Arslan Ejaz

        Dont Know But They Are working

        • AbdulBaqi1

          which company?

  • Lazy Sapper

    Thanks god someone raised their voice. I myself have got SIMs of my family members registered on my name and can’t register more. Arseholes working at PTA should understand that this imposed restriction is unjustified.

    • MySchizoBuddy

      why are you getting all the sims of your family on your name?

      • Radz

        How kids which don’t have CNIC are supposed to get their sims?

        • MySchizoBuddy

          kids are not suppose to have sims. You are going to ruin your kids and regret later on.

  • Salman Qamar

    More than 5 sims rgstrd on my cnic 35202-7088157-7
    I paid franchise agent to reset my sim count on PTA 786 service.

    • Geo Dost

    • AbdulBaqi1

      foolish idea to post your nic number on internet.

      • kami

        Yes just send his NIC to 8300 and get his address :)

        • Salman Qamar

          Dear mera apna id ha. 8300 pay paisy zaya krny ki kia zaroorat ha. mujh sy direct hi pooch lo

          • kami

            Haha. Just wana to tell you not to put your NIC on such public post. Ap k address ki shaid zarorath na ho, may be kisi or ki ho :)

  • KMQ

    Good one, hopefully they will life this 5 SIMs per CNIC restriction soon.

  • Muhammad Abrar Ali

    yes it should be 10 sims on a single network
    which will be best in hands and enough for every one

    • Salman Qamar

      It should be atleast 100.

      • Muhammad Abrar Ali


  • ‫ابو عبداللہ‬‎

    I recently face this restriction but I think it is good. But one point to highlight . There is one JAZZ SIM on my CNIC ( actually I never buy a mobilink SIM) but still it is showing on my name.
    But I think it is good to have 5 SIMs restriction. If it is irrelevant then having 10 , 20 SIMs is also not logical.

  • Zahid Iqbal

    Yes. Restriction is good.

    • panjgoori

      restriction is point less now. as each and every sim sold with bio-metric verification.

    • Salman Qamar

      Restriction is good. But we are asking to increase limit of 5 to 100.

      • Zohaib Hassan

        100 not feir :D just 10 or 15 too good yar :) itni sims ka kya karna

  • Ghazanfar

    There were eight Sims registered against my ID but now zero after biometric verification

    • Salman Qamar


      • Kamran


  • Man, I just don’t get the need of having more than 2 sims per person let alone 5 sims! To everyone who says they have their family members’ sims on their NIC, it’s totally wrong, get them a sim on their own NIC, i don’t see a problem in that. We don’t live in a society where they’d kill your female family members if they go to a shop for sim verification or something? Please correct me if I am wrong but I just don’t get it.

    • Mustafa


  • irfan malik

    Are the unregistered sims blocked or not? My sim is unregistered therefore block because sim is not registered against my cnic! If any tells me the blocked number will be recycle or not please tells me any one?

  • Kamran

    Nice hai k kala qanoon khatam ho ub.
    mein to apny liye pichly 3 saal se koi nai sim ni le sakta.
    shame on such like rules.