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Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government is planning to block pre-paid SIMs issued on fake national identity cards in order to prevent their use in terrorist activities.

Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, the minister said the proposal was to block all prepaid SIMs in phases after consultations with relevant sections and experts.

He said mobile phones had become the biggest weapon in the hands of terrorists and unauthorised SIMs were being used by terrorists and ‘extortionists’.

He said the blocking of mobile phone service in big cities on Eid day worked well because the decision helped to foil a conspiracy hatched by enemies.

Mr Malik said almost 50 per cent SIMs had been issued on bogus identity cards, but the government had succeeded in blocking about 10 million such SIMs.

He said flaws in the procedure of issuing SIMs would be removed and information provided by the subscriber would be verified.

He said the threat of terrorism still existed but things were improving gradually because the system had been strengthened and possibility of further improvement is being explored.

The minister said the government was taking necessary measures to protect people’s lives and property.

He said investigation into the recent attack on the Kamra air base was in progress and the process of identifying the detained people had begun.

Mr Malik said fresh recruitments in Islamabad police and work on its housing society would start soon.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari has praised the interior minister and law-enforcement personnel for maintaining peace across the country on Eid.

In a message issued in Karachi, the president said it was a matter of satisfaction that no major untoward incident of law and order took place in the country during Eid days and people were able to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones in a peaceful atmosphere.

He said this was made possible by the concerted efforts, vigilance and coordination among law-enforcement authorities in all the provinces.

He expressed the hope that the same level of vigilance would be observed in future to maintain law and order and to foil the designs of militants and extremists.

Mr Zardari said democracy was about exercising political options freely through ballot and not under threat or coercion. He said no-one would be allowed to use force, coercion and intimidation in exercise of political choices and options.

Comments (14) Closed

KhanChangezKhan Aug 25, 2012 09:18am
Of course, all SIM cards must be de-regularized with immediate effect and should not be kept under any planning. In addition, the regularized SIM cards should be linked with NADRA's NIC. Why Mr. Rahman Malik is keeping this high issue under his planning? If he wishes, he may go to parliament immediately for seeking approval of national stack holders.
anon Aug 23, 2012 10:34am
half the cars in the country dont have proper documentation or legal number plates for that matter. This government is the least bit concerned with eradicating terrorism. The world needs to save us from ppp
sam Aug 23, 2012 03:27am
I am not sure we can trust them.
Furqan Ali Aug 23, 2012 04:50am
I think you are right here. All Pre-Paid sims issued on Fake IDs must be blocked.
arif Aug 23, 2012 05:13am
Why plan please do it . It would be done before
Abbas Aug 23, 2012 06:22am
It needs to be done, the respectable citizen would not get any issue regarding the ban on prepaid mobile service. and it must be issued through 100% verification of post paid service.
imran Aug 23, 2012 06:25am
Please just block per-paid SIMs Mr. Rahman Malik Pakistani Nation will Appreciate your Efforts and please consider this matter as quick as possible.
arf Aug 23, 2012 06:39am
What about all the fake number plates including government ones Malik sb?
Mohammed Yahya USA Aug 23, 2012 06:41am
Mr. Malik please do it, don't make any plans, you r going to the right direction, may be you will be the one InshAllah, I don't belong to any parties, I don't even know which group u r in but really what ever u r saying sounds excellent. cutting the cell service was not a bad idea but it is not a permanent solution.
Abbas Aug 23, 2012 07:09am
It needs to be done, the respectable citizen would not get any issue regarding the ban on prepaid mobile service.
shah Afridi Aug 23, 2012 07:20am
It will be better to stop the communication on the fake SIMs, like wise other decisions must be taken i e car`s number on the name of a person.
raza Aug 23, 2012 07:58am
There is one very simple solution stop sim selling from all other sources and sims should only be sold from the authorized Franchise outlets after proper verification and documentation.
umer Aug 23, 2012 08:06am
Malik sahib I have a very good suggestion for ending terrorism: Clear the country from all the people, or better still lock them up in their miserable homes. This should be a' left hand job' for you as you so ably demonstrated by blocking all the cell phones in major cities on Eid.
Ahtasham Aug 23, 2012 08:50am
Still there are so many things which he needs to block but please at least block sim cards which you aware to use in terrorist activity...