by Shah Zaman
I was subscribed to four mobile phone companies, including Ufone, Telenor and Warid. When I recently visited Head office of a renowned telecom company, located at walking distance from our office, I showed them my CNIC and asked them to let me know the number of connections that were registered in my name. I was really surprised to hear that 12 numbers were registered in my name. I informed them that 08 numbers had been issued illegally, without my consent. They blocked all those SIMs after examining my original CNIC.
I conveyed this information and experience to all my office colleagues. The result was 60 unauthorized SIMs; issued in their names without their consent, approval and knowledge.
The relevant question that arises is how and why this happened?
There may be number of reasons but initially I have been informed by the telecom officials that franchise offices and sales centre do not take care in this regard and possibilities of misusing customer’s CNIC are always open. They further informed me that such kinds of practices were common during the last many years but now are strictly regulated by PTA and Telecom Companies in liaison with NADRA, with effect from February 01, 2009. Further PTA has taken few strict measures and has been able to block around 11 million unauthorized SIMs.
It’s really unfortunate that telecom companies spent millions of rupees in their advertising and sales promotion but hesitate to spend a single penny on public safety precautionary measures and awareness among public about its possible misuse.
All of you are well aware about the ongoing Law and Order situation. What will happen if such unauthorized numbers are used for some illegal activity?
It’s my advice to all the readers and my fellow members to check if there is any unauthorized SIM being used in their name as it may create problems for them if used in some illegal activity.