Islamabad, Aug 23: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the government is planning to block prepaid SIM cards issued on fake national identity cards in order to prevent their use in terrorist activities.
Malik said the proposal was to block all prepaid SIM cards in phases after consultations with relevant sections and experts. He added that flaws in the procedure of issuing SIM cards would be removed and information provided by the subscriber would be verified, reports The Dawn.
Malik said mobile phones had become the biggest weapon in the hands of terrorists and unauthorised SIM cards were being used by terrorists and extortionists. He said the blocking of mobile phone service in major cities on Eid day worked well because the decision helped to foil a conspiracy hatched by enemies.
Malik said almost 50 percent SIM cards had been issued on bogus identity cards, but the government had succeeded in blocking about 10 million such cards.
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. (ANI)