January 31, 2024

PTA Intensifies Crackdown on Illegal Issuance of SIMs

Islamabad (31st January, 2024) Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Zonal Office in Lahore, in close collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Circle, conducted successful raid against BISP Outlet located at Sharqpur. This BISP Outlet was found to be involved in activation of SIMs illegally.

During the raid, 28 Active SIMs were discovered. The FIA team confiscated these active SIMs along with 01 HBL Konnect device as evidence. 01 person was also apprehended on the premises by the FIA team. FIA is currently investigating the matter further. PTA had filed complaint with FIA earlier based on information regarding illegal issuance of SIMs by the sale channel.

The raids are part of PTA's ongoing efforts to prevent the circumvention of the Multi-Finger Biometric Verification System (MBVS). This unwavering commitment underscores the Authority's dedication to eradicating the illegal issuance of SIMs.


Malahat Obaid
Director (PR)