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SIMs verification deadline may be extended

STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is considering to extend last date for the biometric verification of mobile SIMs, as during the first 65 days only 37 million out of out of 103 million SIMs could be verified, while February 26, the deadline set for this campaign is about to lapse.
The government is certain that it would re-verify all the SIMs in the country, and to achieve this goal, there are many options under consideration and one of it is extension in the deadline, said an official.
According to the record, in the first 37 days, 65 million cellular users were re-verified through biometric verification system.
“Meeting the SIMs verification deadline for the SIMs verification is fasting approaching,” an official, who wished not to be named, said hinting extension in the deadline.
The cellular companies have spread the verification system throughout the country, but consumers believe all the cellular companies believe they are not enough.
Some of the consumers complained that retailers showed lack of interest in verifying SIMs.
On the other side, retailers and franchisers are also seemed least interested in the verification.
According to experts, unless free, 24 hours ample re-verification desks are not established on tehsil level, the biometric re-verification would remain a herculean task.

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