PTA extends deadline to block unregistered, smuggled, stolen phones

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended the deadline to register mobile phones by 10 days on the directive of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications.

A day earlier, the telecom regulator said that unregistered, smuggled and stolen phones will be blocked on January 15. However, on the directives of the Senate committee the deadline has been extended till January 25.

The parliamentary panel chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid was briefed regarding its decision to block unregistered mobile phones.

Senator Khalid said the people are facing difficulties pertaining to mobile registration and directed the PTA to make the system less complicated.

The duration for registration of mobile devices being brought to Pakistan needs to be extended for at least two months, the chairperson of the parliamentary committee recommended.

Minister for IT and Telecom Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Secretary IT Maroof Afzal, senators, including Taj Afridi, Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Maulana Ghafoor Haideri and representatives of the relevant ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Customs and Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) attended the meeting.