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Signals from Pakistan's cellular companies reach India

Published Aug 28, 2012 08:20am


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SIM cards — File Photo
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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) Closed

sam Aug 29, 2012 05:56am
forget about them .. they might be just 2 story buildings...
sunny Aug 28, 2012 05:48pm
a good one.
Karim Aug 28, 2012 04:46pm
Sometimes I think India is as paranoid as Pakistan.
zain Aug 29, 2012 11:09am
you are right, it is because they are not Pakistani operators.
vjjjjjjjjjj Aug 28, 2012 01:15pm
What the Pakistan government says to its people may or may not be true. But what media says is always true.
russianroullete2 Aug 29, 2012 08:03am
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 Aug 29, 2012 06:25am
I live in that area of the country (Pak side). Never heard of these companies.
allegations Aug 28, 2012 11:11am
I've never heard of Oasis Pak, PKPL, Pak Pal Mobiling or PT Soral, are these companies made up?
rehan Aug 28, 2012 10:38am
Don't Indians have anything else to do except complain about Pakistan ?
Fraz Aug 28, 2012 09:55am
"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. Aug 29, 2012 01:40am
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 Aug 29, 2012 08:53am
Even the name of Mobile companies mentioned in the article, we dont have them in Pakistan Hutch etc.
Zeta Aug 28, 2012 05:09pm
If you are such a believer in media, Mate you are living in fool's paradise
Zeta Aug 28, 2012 05:09pm
Really i was thinking the same
Zeta Aug 28, 2012 05:10pm
Except Telenor and Ufone. None of else exist in Pakistan
Raj Aug 28, 2012 09:49pm
Its only the Pakistanis who create trouble. Indians don't. That's why we complain and you don't.
Akil Akhtar Aug 29, 2012 12:01am
Akil Akhtar Aug 29, 2012 12:01am
It seems like that
simba Aug 29, 2012 06:05am
good one
Salman Aug 28, 2012 08:40pm
Today is Pakistani Telecom to blame, tomorrow what?
sharma Aug 28, 2012 10:23am
Good one!!!
sohaibazhar786 Aug 28, 2012 09:16am
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 Aug 29, 2012 09:23am
Doesn't Pakistan has anything else to do except planning/plotting terrorism against India and rest of the World?
Ahmed j Aug 28, 2012 09:44am
They need to ask Rehman Malik how to block signals.
Coplaining_alwayz Aug 29, 2012 07:58am
Good..lekin hum nahin sudhrenge!
Ulveena Aug 29, 2012 08:44am
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 Aug 28, 2012 09:13am
"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 Aug 28, 2012 12:07pm
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 Aug 29, 2012 09:04am
We don't cry you do.
Ammar Aug 29, 2012 09:05am
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 Aug 29, 2012 08:15am
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 Sep 09, 2012 08:44am
like it.
Atikh Rashid (Pune) Aug 28, 2012 11:17am
Nice One
dks Aug 29, 2012 06:28am
Its good for you that India complains, other thins you will not like..
Umair Aug 28, 2012 11:09am
"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 Aug 28, 2012 12:39pm
Did they receive signal on chand raat? I am sure they did in India...
naved Aug 29, 2012 02:42am
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 Sep 10, 2012 12:36pm
Only Telenor PK, Ufone, and PAK PL belong to Pakistan
zameh Sep 10, 2012 12:39pm
At Wahga Border, Pakistani Mobile services fails but full signals from India.
Farhan Aug 28, 2012 01:17pm
What about the Indian signals going to Pakistan, did we blame India?
M H Aug 28, 2012 12:45pm
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 Aug 29, 2012 03:41am
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 Aug 29, 2012 03:47am
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 Aug 29, 2012 05:52am
Poor effort to fuel hate between Pakistani and Indians, 'Times of India'.