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19 February 2024

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PTA clarifies misconception about amendment to SOP for SIM cards activation

PTA amends SOPs related to SIM cards activation

PTA clarifies misconception about amendment to SOP for SIM cards activation

LAHORE: (Web Desk) The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has clarified misconceptions about an amendment to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) related to the activation of SIM cards to counter the techniques employed by fraud mafia to swindle people out of money.

PTA in a statement said, “Currently, an 8 hour gap exists between successive biometric verifications from NADRA for SIM related transactions. The same is being increased to 7 days, for new SIM only, to counter the techniques employed by fraud mafia who tend to activate multiple illegal SIMs quickly for fraudulent activities in the name of consumer surveys, NGOs and free ration schemes for innocent citizens.”

The PTA statement added, “Furthermore, a new SIM can be issued immediately to a CNIC through biometric verification, however, in case of issuance of any subsequent new SIM on the same CNIC, subscriber will have to wait for 7 days for biometric verification by NADRA. It may be noted that the amendment in SOP has no effect on activation of duplicate SIMs or other SIM related transactions (i.e. Change of Ownership & MNP).”

It further stated, “This amendment in SOP will be implemented from January 24, 2024, and is a part of the regulatory measures designed to safeguard against unauthorized or fraudulent issuance of SIM cards.”

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