ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday said the government has decided to take strict action against those who are responsible for the sale of unauthorized Subscriber Identification Module (SIMs).
Responding to a question of Muhammad Talha Mehmood in Upper House of the Parliament, he said government has directed mobile companies to close unverified SIMS as majority of such SIMS are being used in street crimes and terror incidents.
A system was being devised to make impossible the use of unauthorized mobile SIMS. A bill would be presented in both houses of parliaments to block the use of unauthorized SIMS and punish those who are responsible for issuing unauthorized SIMS.
He said the system would be devised in consultation with stake holders to make impossible the use of mobile SIMS.
Terrorism and street crimes could be controlled significantly if the issuance of unauthorized SIMS is controlled 80 percent. Government was trying utmost efforts to verify unauthorized subscriber identity module or SIMS.
He said total of 199,569,914 SIMS have so far been verified by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
Giving breakup, he said 60,954,586 SIMS were issued by Mobilink, 57,850,964 SIMs by Telenor, 39,012,878 by Zong, 18,547,166 by Warid. A score of unverified SIMs are not at the record of cellular companies and NADRA, he said.