PM al­lows mo­bile phone com­pa­nies to sell SIMS, num­ber porta­bil­ity

Oman’s en­voy pays a courtesy call on Raja

The Pak Banker - - Front Page -

IS­LAM­ABAD

re­stric­tion

Prime Min­is­ter Raja Pervez Ashraf Thurs­day di­rected mo­bile com­pa­nies to con­tinue sale of mo­bile phone SIM cards from their own busi­ness and fran­chise cen­ters af­ter due ver­i­fi­ca­tion from Na­tional Data­base and Reg­is­tra­tion Author­ity (NADRA).

The Prime Min­is­ter af­ter meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion of Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers (CEOs) of pri­vate cel­lu­lar op­er­a­tors at the PM House, how­ever said the sale of SIMs from re­tail net­work shall re­main sus­pended un­til the de­ploy­ment of bio­met­rics de­vices at each cen­ter.

The Prime Min­is­ter also di­rected with­drawal of the con­di­tion of de­liv­ery of SIMs by couri­ers and the need for show­ing sec­ond iden­tity for is­suance of SIMs.

The ear­lier im­posed on mo­bile num­ber porta­bil­ity (MNP) was also with­drawn and the present ar­range­ment of num­ber porta­bil­ity would con­tinue due to high in­tegrity of data.

Prime Min­is­ter Raja Pervez Ashraf di­rected the Min­istries of In­te­rior and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy to dis­cuss with Cus­toms and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to stream­line im­port and lo­cal as­sem­bly of cel­lu­lar hand­sets in the coun­try.

He said it needs to be en­sured that all hand­sets bear unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers ( IMEI) and hand­sets with­out IMEI and du­pli­cate num­bers be banned.

Prime Min­is­ter said that mea­sures taken by the government in the cel­lu­lar sec­tor will be guided by the fact that the nor­mal life­style of the com­mon man was least af­fected.

The government would also en­sure that min­i­mum in­con­ve­nience was caused to the masses and ev­ery ef­fort will be made to fa­cil­i­tate the cel­lu­lar com­pa­nies, he em­pha­sized. The Prime Min­is­ter said that the government will con­sult all stake­hold­ers be­fore tak­ing de­ci­sions on is­sues con­cern­ing the cel­lu­lar sec­tor.

Prime Min­is­ter Ashraf said Pak­istan was fac­ing the men­ace of ter­ror­ism which has af­fected life­styles and cer­tain re­stric­tions need to be ac­cepted for greater good of the masses.

The Prime Min­is­ter said the re­cent de­ci­sion to block mo­bile phones in cer­tain cities dur­ing Mo­har­ram was taken in na­tional in­ter­est as it was un­avoid­able and ex­tremely nec­es­sary, as safety and se­cu­rity of life and prop­erty was of para­mount im­por­tance.

Those who at­tended the meet­ing in­cluded 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.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thurs­day said Pak­istan looks for­ward to more in­tense trade re­la­tions with Oman and hoped that Omani in­vestors would ben­e­fit from the busi­ness-friendly poli­cies of the government. He was talk­ing to Riyadh Yousuf Ahmed Al-Raisi, Am­bas­sador of Oman who called on him at the Prime Min­is­ter’s House. The Prime Min­is­ter said Pak­istan and Oman en­joy close fra­ter­nal re­la­tions which are rooted in his­tory, cul­ture, tra­di­tion and com­mon faith. He said the peo­ple of Pak­istan hold Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said al Said in high es­teem.

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