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The Senate Standing Committee on the Information Technology barred Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) from blocking non-complaint/invalid mobile phones.

The parliamentary panel sought a briefing from the PTA reading its decision to blocking the un-registered IMEI mobile phones in Pakistan after the October 20, 2018. While the most asked questions were on the non-action against the dealers/importers, and the delay in implementation of the policy directives.

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The committee has also suggested for non-blocking of un-registered IMEI mobile phone even after the Oct 20, 2018. Which are of course currently working, but proposed to blocking of non-compliant/invalid mobile phones, new sale/purchase after the due date.

The committee has asked PTA to consider the fact that not all of these mobile users which are around 150 million mobile users that can understand this message and o not have enough time to check the status of their phones or cannot afford to buy new phones altogether.

The committee has also raised a question on DIRBS. The committee wanted to know about a system that worth million o rupees was procured and who was the sponsored.

PTA officials submitted that the move was taken as per the Telecom Policy, on which the committee objected that why the policy was not implemented earlier. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh termed it a move against the PTI-led government.