Sims Re-verification Process Will End Till 12th April

Staff Report ISD: Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and mobile phone operators has declared that biometric verification process of SIMs will be completed before the April 12 deadline.

Almost 70.5 million SIMs out of around 136 million were verified against 54 million computerized national identity cards (CNIC) and approximately 11 million SIMs have been disowned by the customers.

Dr Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA has stated that there will be no further extension after this

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ICT for re-engineering national security strategy

"The War on Terror’ is one of the most critical national security efforts in our history" – Sue Kelly.
In the past few years, it became evident that there exits close connection between ICT and national security, which plays a significant role in securing the necessary level of national safety and defense of the nation. The notion security’ is defined as status of defense of the life-important interests of the personality, the society and the state against internal and

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Strict re-verification of SIMs stressed in Sindh

STAFF REPORT KHI: Inspector General Police, Sindh, Ghulam Hayder Jamali, has constituted a committee of DIGs including DIG CIA and Zonal DIGs of Karachi to formulate practical recommendations in close coordination and discussion with PTA, Karachi Zone, with regard to SIMs issued before introducing Biometric Verification System (BVS) especially.
The committee, during a meeting, has further been directed to identify the quantum of unverified SIMs issued and to recommend suitable action

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Towards re-inventing good governance

Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development: Kofi Annan
It is not complicated for people in developed countries to envisage a situation in which all interaction with government could be done through one counter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without waiting in lines. Conversely, to achieve this same level of efficiency and flexibility for developing countries is going to be far more complicated. Experience in developed

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Pakistani re-inventing internet in Silicon Valley

MONITORING REPORT ISB: Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) which is being led by Najam Ahmad, the Director of Technical Operations at Facebook. Najam, who was born in Karachi, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and later on went to do his Master of Science in Telecommunication Protocols and Computer Science from George Washington University.
Prior to Facebook, Najam was General Manager of Global Networking Services at

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Speakers for re-evaluating Iran gas pricing

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan’s growing energy needs can be substantially met through import of gas from Iran through the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. However, there is a need to re-evaluate the gas pricing mechanism for the purpose.

This was stated by Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director SDPI, at a press conference recently held in Islamabad.

The press conference came as a follow-up to the recent statement by Hamid Raza, Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Company (

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wi-tribe rejects reports on its re-br and ing

STAFF REPORT KHI: The wi-tribe, Pakistan’s top ranked broadband provider for quality of service and customer satisfaction, has not re-branded itself as Ooredoo and is continuing its operation with its original brand name.While reacting to some media reports about renaming of wi-tribe as Ooredoo, a spokesman of the wi-tribe termed these reports unfounded and not based on facts.He said that wi-tribe Pakistan’s parent company Qtel Group, has re-branded itself as Ooredoo in a much celebrated

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Acer re-launches operations in Islamabad

STAFF REPORT IBD: Acer, a Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics company, has re-launched itself operation in Islamabad with a purpose to capture the information technology market space through targeting youth and government functionaries.Acer wants to optimise on the opportunity provided by the upcoming essential development in Pakistan with regard to information technology."We have now relocated our operations to Pakistan from the Middle East. Acer moved out of Pakistan a few

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Pakistan needs to re-orient economy on green discourse

STAFF REPORT IBD: Green economy is vital for inclusive and sustainable growth, however, the current policy framework and ways of managing resources in Pakistan has become obsolete. The country should have a compreh nsive poverty reduction strategy while the capacity of the provinces has to be built in addition to strengthening the policy implementation capacity at the district level.These were the remarks expressed by speakers during the recently held two-day National consultation on green

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