Plan to block pre-paid 
SIMs issued on fake IDs

ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government is planning to block pre-paid SIMs issued on fake national identity cards in order to prevent their use in terrorist activities.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Sat 25 Aug 2012, 12:13 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:53 AM

Talking to reporters here, the minister said the proposal was to block all prepaid SIMs in phases after consultations with relevant sections and experts.

He said mobile phones had become the biggest weapon in the hands of terrorists and unauthorised SIMs were being used by terrorists and ‘extortionists’. He said the blocking of mobile service on Eid day worked well because the decision helped to foil a conspiracy hatched by enemies.

Malik said almost 50 per cent SIMs had been issued on bogus identity cards, but the government had succeeded in blocking about 10 million such SIMs.

He said flaws in the procedure of issuing SIMs would be removed and information provided by the subscriber would be verified.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari has praised the interior minister and law-enforcement personnel for maintaining peace across the country on Eid Al Fitr by blocking phone services.

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