SIM cards — File Photo
SIM cards — File Photo

JAISALMER: Many areas of Rajasthan, adjoining the international border, are receiving signals of Pakistani mobile companies within the range of 15-20 kms inside the Indian territory, states a report published in Times of India.

It is alleged that many smugglers and spies of Jaisalmer and Barmer use Pakistani SIM cards and give out strategic and confidential information to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.

According to the international rules in telecom sector, mobile network of any country can go up to 500 meters of the borders of the other country. Indian authorities claim that Pakistan is violating the international law and is proving to be a security threat.

On last Tuesday a meeting of LIA (Lead Intelligence Agencies) (security and intelligence of region) was organised during which the security issue, regarding the transmission of cellular signals, was raised and discussed at length. It was proposed that strict action should be taken against the violators.

According to the sources of Times of India, Pakistan is accused of setting up over three dozen new mobile towers near the international border adjoining Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ganganagar and Barmer in Rajasthan. The signals of these mobile towers are being transmitted into the Indian territory up to 15-20 kms, which is becoming a threat to the security for India.

Indian authorities alleged that the mobile signals of Pakistani mobile companies are getting into the Indian territory because of which many smugglers and spies are getting Pakistani SIM cards through passengers in large numbers through the Thar Express.

There is no facility of scanning passengers coming by Thar express at Munabao Railway Station which is why people are able to carry Pakistani SIM cards without being noticed.

Sources claimed that few old smugglers operating in Longewala, Ghotaru, Ramgarh area in Jaisalmer district, climb the old towers and use Pakistani SIMS to send classified information to intelligence agencies.

Indian authorities claimed to have found Pakistani SIM cards from spies arrested recently.

Sources also alleged that Pakistan has installed mobile towers opposite Rajasthan border at Khokharapar, Chacharo, Jumantar, Mubarka Fort Abbas, Mantharbanglo, Mandi Sadiikganj, Minchandabad, Bhawal Nagar, Dungabunga, Harunabad, Fakirewanar, Hasilpur, rahimyar khan, Mandi Sadi Mangal, Gabbar Kehju and Sadikabad.

The telecom companies whose mobile signals are reaching within India are Veridatel, Oasis Pak, Telenor, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling, U-phone, PT Soral and Hutch.

Jaisalmer Telecom Officer Yogesh Bhaskar confirmed about signals transmitted by Pakistani mobile companies reaching India and said, “It is an international matter therefore will be solved at the higher level.”

He went on to add that, “Pakistan’s mobile signals are coming on separate frequency and network therefore we do not have any technique to jam their signals. The issue has been raised in the meetings held between the BSF and Pakistani rangers.”

Jaisalmer District Collector prohibited the use of Pakistani SIM cards and has directed the concerned authorities to take strict action against the people violating this order.

District Collector and Magistrate, Suchi Tyagi, under section 144 has ordered that no person will use Pakistani SIM cards and will contact people in Pakistan in any area from where contact could be made in Pakistan using the Pakistani network.

By arrangement with Times of India

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Comments (44)

sam
August 29, 2012 5:56 am
forget about them .. they might be just 2 story buildings...
sunny
August 28, 2012 5:48 pm
a good one.
Karim
August 28, 2012 4:46 pm
Sometimes I think India is as paranoid as Pakistan.
zain
August 29, 2012 11:09 am
you are right, it is because they are not Pakistani operators.
vjjjjjjjjjj
August 28, 2012 1:15 pm
What the Pakistan government says to its people may or may not be true. But what media says is always true.
russianroullete2
August 29, 2012 8:03 am
Spying works both ways. We spy on them using the same method.It is better to know how we are being spied on, in that way they can be given false information. This story is bogus.
ask
August 29, 2012 6:25 am
I live in that area of the country (Pak side). Never heard of these companies.
allegations
August 28, 2012 11:11 am
I've never heard of Oasis Pak, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling or PT Soral, are these companies made up?
rehan
August 28, 2012 10:38 am
Don't Indians have anything else to do except complain about Pakistan ?
Fraz
August 28, 2012 9:55 am
"Veridatel, Oasis Pak, Telenor, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling, U-phone, PT Soral and Hutch" can any body tell whether these company are operating in Pakistan except telenor.....lols
G.A.
August 29, 2012 1:40 am
Never heard of these telecom companies in Pakistan. It's a Times of India news report. For a moment I thought I was reading one of those Urdu dailies that come up with stories like these.
Hermes
August 29, 2012 8:53 am
Even the name of Mobile companies mentioned in the article, we dont have them in Pakistan Hutch etc.
Zeta
August 28, 2012 5:09 pm
If you are such a believer in media, Mate you are living in fool's paradise
Zeta
August 28, 2012 5:09 pm
Really i was thinking the same
Zeta
August 28, 2012 5:10 pm
Except Telenor and Ufone. None of else exist in Pakistan
Raj
August 28, 2012 9:49 pm
Its only the Pakistanis who create trouble. Indians don't. That's why we complain and you don't.
Akil Akhtar
August 29, 2012 12:01 am
Really....
Akil Akhtar
August 29, 2012 12:01 am
It seems like that
simba
August 29, 2012 6:05 am
good one
Salman
August 28, 2012 8:40 pm
Today is Pakistani Telecom to blame, tomorrow what?
sharma
August 28, 2012 10:23 am
Good one!!!
sohaibazhar786
August 28, 2012 9:16 am
The telecom companies whose mobile signals are reaching within India are Veridatel, Oasis Pak, Telenor, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling, U-phone, PT Soral and Hutch I dont know about others, but I havent ever received any signals of more than half of the companies mentiond here in any of the major cities in Pakistan
Vipul
August 29, 2012 9:23 am
Doesn't Pakistan has anything else to do except planning/plotting terrorism against India and rest of the World?
Ahmed j
August 28, 2012 9:44 am
They need to ask Rehman Malik how to block signals.
Coplaining_alwayz
August 29, 2012 7:58 am
Good..lekin hum nahin sudhrenge!
Ulveena
August 29, 2012 8:44 am
You got to be joking!!! And I don't get signals here!!!! Sitting here in an industrialized city!!!! Where I' supposed to be getting signals!!!
MSAzhar
August 28, 2012 9:13 am
"within India are Veridatel, Oasis Pak, Telenor, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling, U-phone, PT Soral and Hutch." I dont know about others, but I havent ever got any signals in Pakistan of more than half of these companies in any of the big cities of Pakistan
raika45
August 28, 2012 12:07 pm
It is shocking that India does not do it's homework before blaming Pakistan for anything that goes wrong in that country.Admitted that some like the Delhi Parliament or Bombay attack had roots in Pakistan, but for the others like this one where some telecommunication companies do not even exist in Pakistan or texting the racial problems in India. Proof must be proved.India should not blame others for it's incompetence.
Ammar
August 29, 2012 9:04 am
We don't cry you do.
Ammar
August 29, 2012 9:05 am
Veridatel, Oasis Pak, Telenor, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling, U-phone, PT Soral and Hutch Some serious spelling mistakes and addition to existing list of operators.
Guru
August 29, 2012 8:15 am
So lame of the Indian government. If the signals are crossing the border, find a way to jam it. Technology exists to do such things.
rizvan
September 9, 2012 8:44 am
like it.
Atikh Rashid (Pune)
August 28, 2012 11:17 am
Nice One
dks
August 29, 2012 6:28 am
Its good for you that India complains, other thins you will not like..
Umair
August 28, 2012 11:09 am
"The telecom companies whose mobile signals are reaching within India are Veridatel, Oasis Pak, Telenor, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling, U-phone, PT Soral and Hutch." Out of these 8 companies, only 2 are mobile operators in Pakistan. The rest dont exist in Pakistan. Maybe India is receiving these signals from Afghanistan or Russia or EU or maybe the USA.
Iqbal
August 28, 2012 12:39 pm
Did they receive signal on chand raat? I am sure they did in India...
naved
August 29, 2012 2:42 am
HAHAHAHA as usual pakistani u also didnt have technical knowledge as written in only 500 meters signals are allowed means there are signal transrelaters from where we can control the mobile signals distance upto wht km they go so Indian companies control there signals and not by Pakistani companies
zameh
September 10, 2012 12:36 pm
Only Telenor PK, Ufone, and PAK PL belong to Pakistan
zameh
September 10, 2012 12:39 pm
At Wahga Border, Pakistani Mobile services fails but full signals from India.
Farhan
August 28, 2012 1:17 pm
What about the Indian signals going to Pakistan, did we blame India?
M H
August 28, 2012 12:45 pm
If people are climbing up poles and towers to send signals, why do the Indians not arrest them? And ithey were able to listen to Mumbai attackers calls, why can't they do same with all these smugglers and terrorists? And never heard of some of these companies, must be operating in the desert!!!
sulaiman shah
August 29, 2012 3:41 am
I wonder how most of these signals are recieved on the indian borders, for me most of these companies names are new because these companies are not here in pakistan.
S. Imam
August 29, 2012 3:47 am
May be India could put some tall light poles along the boarder to shed some Indian light on Pakistani boarder towns, and we will call it even.
Raheel Adnan
August 29, 2012 5:52 am
Poor effort to fuel hate between Pakistani and Indians, 'Times of India'.
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