Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday said mobile phone companies were equally responsible for the bloodshed being carried out in the country through bomb blasts.
He said CEOs of mobile phone companies, whose SIMs were used in any such blast, should be arrested and tried under anti-terrorism laws.
The minister expressed these views during the meeting of Standing Committee on Interior Affairs under the chairmanship of Senator Talha Mehmood.
The NADRA director general told the committee that voters’ list data was also being used for obtaining illegal SIMs.
He said that fingerprints would be taken and compared with NADRA data for issuance of mobile phone SIMs.
Director General National Crisis Management told the meeting that many mobile phones were being used without IMEI number in the country.
The committee chairman expressed anger over the absence of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and said the minister never bothered to attend the meeting since he took oath of his office.