STAFF REPORT KHI: The telecom sector is closely working with the law enforcement agencies on national security and trying hard to complete the re-verification of cellular SIMs in the best way possible.
“The citizens should fulfill their civic duty by getting their SIMs verified as early as they can,” Telenor Pakistan CEO Michael Patrick Foley said in a media roundtable.
He stressed the importance of national security, adding everybody should play their part to end terrorism.
“What we [telecom industry] have been asked to do is very small,” Foley said, referring to the governments directive under which the cellular mobile operators (CMOs) have to re-verify 103 million SIMs through Biometric Verification System (BVS) in 90 days.”Pakistan is one of the best places to invest,” he said adding, “The only concern we have as investors is the uncertainty created by violence. We must end it.”
Far from criticising the governments directive, which appears to be a highly challenging task, the Telenor chief was clear in his message and showed a positive body language while expressing the companys commitment to the country.Giving an example, Foley said Telenor had invested $230 million in 2014 and the total amount invested will be $2.5 billion by the end of the current calendar year.