25 million SIMs blocked as extended deadline of biometric verification ends

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Staff Report ISD: As the deadline of biometric verification of SIMs ended on April 12,2015; more than 80 Million SIMs


have been verified through long held tiring efforts of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Biometric verification of SIMs was part of National Action Plan for



counter terrorism. According to PTA, 25 Million SIMs have been blocked after the deadline has passed. The owners of those unverified SIMs will only be able to reactive the blocked SIM upon their request to the network operator.


PTA also deliberated to conduct audit of verified SIMs through a committee which will comprise of officials from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Federal Interior Ministry.


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