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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has barred Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) from blocking nonregistered cellphones, Reported on Tuesday.

Hearing a petition filed by mobile dealers the PHC has ordered PTA to hold the blockage of non-registered phones for more than three months.

The hearing was conducted by Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC.

The judge remarked that “the stance of the companies is correct and they should mend the issue on priority basis while extending its previous deadline”.

PTA

Earlier in April, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)’s decision to block unregistered mobile phones was challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

PTA officials told the court that they were in contact with the mobile companies on the issue.

The court issued a notice to the PTA and sought its detailed reply on the matter. The hearing was adjourned for a period of two weeks.

The companies claimed in the petition that the given deadline by PTA till March 29 was quite insufficient to fix this problem.

PTA Mobile Devices

PTA launched the Mobile Devices Identification, Registration and Blocking Regulation System (DIRBS) last year.

To block stolen, smuggled and duplicate mobile phones in Pakistan and gave a deadline to the public to get their mobile phones approved by the PTA as soon as possible.

PTA later revealed that there are 3 million illegal smartphones in Pakistan, and began the process of blocking those phones from May of this year.

PTA Cellular

PTA assured the court at that time that they are working closely with the cellular companies on the issue.

The IHC issued a notice and asked for a detailed reply from the authorities on this matter. After that,

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The court granted time to the mobile companies, and asked them to prepare a plan for the blockage of phones in the country,

And directed PTA to solve this issue by collaborating with cellular companies.