Tip-off leads to seizure of 35,000 illegal SIMs

11 Oct 2012

Police have seized 35,000 pre-activated SIMs from a regional office of wireless operator Mobilink following a tip-off from a disgruntled franchisee, ProPakistani reports, without giving its source. The sale or storage of pre-activated SIMs is disallowed by Pakistan’s telecoms laws as un-registered SIMs are used in a variety of crimes in the country. Mobilink acknowledged the incident, and agreed to cooperate with investigating authorities, though it added that it ‘expects the law enforcement agencies to follow the given procedure and the law.’ As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, sector regulator the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has ramped up efforts to combat the proliferation of unregistered SIMs: customers are now required to supply their computerised national identity card (CNIC) to verify their identity when purchasing a new SIM, are limited to ten SIMs per CNIC and must activate the SIM post-purchase.

Pakistan, Jazz (formerly Mobilink/Warid)