The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed government, security agencies and other stakeholders including cellular phone companies to decide the issue regarding ban over issuance more than five sims on one name. The Supreme Court of Pakistan also ordered to submit the report for court consideration within two weeks.
SC Orders Authorities to Decide Issue Regarding Permission Of More Than Five SIMs and Submit the report within two weeks.
The review petition filed by a private cellular company on was heard by Three-member SC Comprising Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qazi Faez Essa.
The counsel of a cellular company argued on the review petition and also stated that apex court may review its judgment announced in March 2012. According to that judgment it was decided that companies would not be allowed to sell more than five sims on a single identity card.
The counsel also said that private company would issue internet SIMs that cannot be used for calls on mobile phones, however those SIMs can be used just for Internet usage.
PTA Chiarman Ismail Shah, informed the court about the procedure of verification of SIMs that those SIMs which are not bio-metrically verified have been blocked, so court now may review its directives for issuance of five SIMs.
After this statement of PTA chairman, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan inquired from PTA Chief[pull_quote_center]What would the guaranty that audio call can not be connected from those sims?[/pull_quote_center]
Ismail Shah replied that[pull_quote_center]that sim could not be used for calls on cell phones, however call over viber and Skye can be connected through that sims.[/pull_quote_center]
Later the court directed Attorney General, Chairman PTA, Petitioner, Mobile Operators and other security agencies to hold meeting and find out a consensus solution and submit joint report for court consideration and adjourned hearing of case in second last week of September.