Supreme Court Hears Zong’s Petition for Removal of 5 SIMs per CNIC Limit

Supreme Court of Pakistan today heard Zong’s petition in which it had pleaded the apex court for the removal of 5 SIMs per CNIC limit for data SIMs, a limit that was imposed by Supreme Court itself back in 2012.

After strong demand from consumers and biometric re-verification of all mobile phone SIMs, Zong took this initiative in June this year to seek removal of 5 SIMs per CNIC restriction on data SIMs by taking the matter to Supreme Court.

Zong, in its application submitted at Supreme Court, had requested the court to allow additional data SIM’s of any number, in addition to the cap set on voice+Data SIM’s

In response, Supreme Court today heard Zong’s application and matter was heard at length where Chairman PTA, representatives of all five mobile phone companies and other internet service providers (including PTCL) were present.

During the hearing, Dr. Ismail Shah, PTA chairman spoke in favor of the application and said it is a great way to empower the growth of the data customers in Pakistan.

After detailed hearing Chief Justice of Pakistan, through his orders, has formulated a committee comprising of Attorney General of Pakistan and PTA and instructed them to convene their meeting and submit their recommendations for removal of 5 SIMs per CNIC limitation within 2 weeks.

Next hearing for the case is fixed for September 21st, 2015.

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


    • sir , on how many devices you can use data at the same time, even include 2 sims for the gps trackers. I think your comment is not justified. sorry with due respect,

  • I hope that Supreme Court will allow this and this be another initiative great discussion by Supreme Court of Pakistan.

    • It should be BUT “NOT” know for at least next 3 to 5 years. ZONG is not a local company, their demand is purely based on business logic BUT this is Pakistan. Please wait for the nation to be educated, this jungle of fools need how to use the system & not to abuse it.

  • I hope that Supreme Court will allow this and this be another initiative great discussion by Supreme Court of Pakistan.

  • I wish operators and general public also go to court to reverse the ridiculously high taxes on Internet as well

    • People are paying 14% Income Tax on Mobile Phone usage (prepaid and postpaid)

      14% Is the same tax rate for a person earning 300,000 per month

  • I wish operators and general public also go to court to reverse the ridiculously high taxes on Internet as well

  • Dr. Ismail Shah always helped telecom industry and i hope he will support this decision of removal of 5 SIMs decision.

  • Dr. Ismail Shah always helped telecom industry and i hope he will support this decision of removal of 5 SIMs decision.

    • It should be BUT “NOT” know for at least next 3 to 5 years. ZONG is not a local company, their demand is purely based on business logic
      BUT
      this is Pakistan so Please wait for the nation to be educated, this jungle of fools need how to use the system & not to abuse it.

  • Total 5 SIMs are registered in my name. One for my mother, one for my sister, one for my wife, and two for my own use. I am unable to buy 3G or 4G Data SIM/Wireless Internet Device… Honorable Supreme Court, please consider this petition of Zong.

  • Total 5 SIMs are registered in my name. One for my mother, one for my sister, one for my wife, and two for my own use. I am unable to buy 3G or 4G Data SIM/Wireless Internet Device… Honorable Supreme Court, please consider this petition of Zong.

  • The technologically illiterate supreme court “buddhey” judges should have given the ruling of allowing more than 5 SIMs in first hearing. The court system in this country is just pathetic. For minor matters, they spend months and sometimes years to give their judgement.

    • It should be BUT “NOT” know for at least next 3 to 5 years. ZONG is not a local company, their demand is purely based on business logic BUT this is Pakistan, so i suggest Please wait for the nation to be educated, this jungle of fools need how to use the system & not to abuse it.

  • The technologically illiterate supreme court “buddhey” judges should have given the ruling of allowing more than 5 SIMs in first hearing. The court system in this country is just pathetic. For minor matters, they spend months and sometimes years to give their judgement.

  • The main reason for increase in crime rate in Pakistan was the unlimited number of SIMs that could be issued to any body in Pakistan. After the imposition of the limit of 5 SIMS per CNIC, some reduction in crime rate was noticed. FIA (SIU) has recovered hundreds of functional SIMs from different criminals and the SIMs were found to have been registered in the names of Pakistanis who sold them off to these criminal @ over Rs 500 each.
    Mobile companies are only interested in making money by intoxicating young Pakistanis with chatting on mobiles using multiple number of mobiles. This aspect may please be kept in view before the honourable chief justice allow unlimited SIMs per CNIC. The maintenance cost of mobile is ever increasing because majority of users do not understand its proper usage and waste their resources unnecessarily. The mobile companies often pay those who support their petition to convince the court about their public support.If more than 5 SIMs are to be allowed then the Supreme court must also order that any one found in possession of SIM registered in the name of another person would be awarded 7 years imprisonment.This will discourage scammers.
    I, Brig Kamal Rasool (R), do not recommend more than one SIM per person, however, for tax payers it could be two or three per tax payer. I request all readers to register their protest against the unjustified Zong’s appeal to the court.

    • Looks like you are living in a stone age and want to remain there. Crime control is government’s responsibility. We alreayd have 2 to 3 three sims on our names. And to use data sim for internet use , we need this limit to be removed. This is going to remove the monopoly of PTCL and will give a healthy competition for all of us. All gadgets these days have a option for data sims.

      Have you ever studied the case of Middle east how they have good control over sims ? Without ur identity number , you cannot even recharge your mobile. If you are defaulted from one mobile operator ,i.e postpaid bill , you are not allowed to get another sim of same operator ( data or voice or broadband ) untill you clear the bills. We should implement proper check and balance in this country. This is not the solution that 1 sim per person should be allowed.

      Very pathetic thinking !

    • Are you unaware about biometric verification campaign? There must not be any limit on SIM issuance after biometric verification system. Do you want to limit number of cars or motor cycles per person if these vehicles are used in crimes :P

      • yes, registration of every type must be limited & verified in PAKISTAN. Home, Shop, Land, Any Vehicle, Arms, Sims, etc….

    • sir agree with ur point of view but i suggest 5 Data SIMs and 5 Voice + Data SIM should be allowed per CNIC. Limiting all to 5 SIMs is bit harsh decision and it should be reconsidered.

  • The main reason for increase in crime rate in Pakistan was the unlimited number of SIMs that could be issued to any body in Pakistan. After the imposition of the limit of 5 SIMS per CNIC, some reduction in crime rate was noticed. FIA (SIU) has recovered hundreds of functional SIMs from different criminals and the SIMs were found to have been registered in the names of Pakistanis who sold them off to these criminal @ over Rs 500 each.
    Mobile companies are only interested in making money by intoxicating young Pakistanis with chatting on mobiles using multiple number of mobiles. This aspect may please be kept in view before the honourable chief justice allow unlimited SIMs per CNIC. The maintenance cost of mobile is ever increasing because majority of users do not understand its proper usage and waste their resources unnecessarily. The mobile companies often pay those who support their petition to convince the court about their public support.If more than 5 SIMs are to be allowed then the Supreme court must also order that any one found in possession of SIM registered in the name of another person would be awarded 7 years imprisonment.This will discourage scammers.
    I, Brig Kamal Rasool (R), do not recommend more than one SIM per person, however, for tax payers it could be two or three per tax payer. I request all readers to register their protest against the unjustified Zong’s appeal to the court.

  • Posted multiple times.
    There is no such limit exists.
    35202-7088157-7
    Ufone : 7
    Zong : 2
    Total 9 sims on my cnic.

    • There is a limit. These sims were purchased before 5 sims limit imposed. I have 7 sims & I need one more, when I went to franchise last week, they told me that I already have no than 5 sims, they cannot issue new sim. I tried 5-7 franchises & even Head office in Lahore, but same response.

  • fucking hate the judicial system of this miserable country. comittian bnanay ka trend nawaz govt ne khoob phelaya he.

  • yes this 5 sim per CNIC should stretched little bit . because if i use 1 sim for my phone 1 for my modem 1 for my home usage and 1 for my mother or father?? so?? they should decide 8 sims per cnic ? or i dont think so is there any security issue after this bio metric verification system…
    zong you did the great job…

  • It should be BUT “NOT” know for at least next 3 to 5 years. ZONG is not a local company, their demand is purely based on business logic BUT this is Pakistan. Please wait for the nation to be educated, this jungle of fools need how to use the system & not to abuse it.

  • It should be BUT “NOT” know for at least next 3 to 5 years. ZONG is not a local company, their demand is purely based on business logic BUT this is Pakistan. Please wait for the nation to be educated, this jungle of fools need to know how to use the system & not to abuse it.


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