Senate body calls for legislation to resolve expats’ mobile registration issues


ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications Chairperson Rubina Khalid on Wednesday stressed the need to formulate a policy through legislation for resolving the issues of overseas Pakistanis regarding mobile registration while coming to Pakistan.

She said that the present service being provided for mobile registration was causing a lot of difficulties for expats while no significant reduction was seen in mobile trafficking, which needs special attention.

Discussing the complaints received by illegal mobile phone registration, the committee sought detailed report with the complete inquiry from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in the next meeting.

The committee was informed about the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) launched by PTA, enabling any mobile user to register their mobile through this system or PTA website within 60 days after coming to Pakistan.

The committee was told that phone registration fee for mobile costing more than $500 was Rs31,520 on which the body underscored the need for reviewing the policy through bringing changes into it.

Earlier, the committee members expressed deep sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of Quetta Customs Deputy Collector Dr Abdul Quddus Sheikh, who passed away on Tuesday after getting physically tortured by suspected smugglers earlier this week.

The chairperson of the committee also sought details of cybercrime reports against the children in the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Senators Dr. Ashok Kumar, Taj Mohammad Afridi, Rehman Malik, Ghaus Mohammad Khan Niazi, Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo, Fida Mohammad, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Faisal Javaid, and Kulsum Parven besides officials of Information Technology Ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Federal Board of Revenue and Federal Investigation Agency.