KARACHI: President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, while welcoming Pakistan Rangers Sindh’s warning to all mobile phone companies about the sale of unregistered/ illegal SIMs, reiterated KCCI’s six-year old demand to shut down all prepaid SIMs in one go and reissue them to subscribers’ postal addresses which would get rid of all illegal SIMs.
Advocating Pakistan Rangers Sindh’s warning to book executives of mobile phone companies if any illegal SIM is found to have been used in any terror activity, President KCCI recalled that Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli has been raising this particular issue since past six years and urging the governments from time to time to order all mobile phone companies to shut down all prepaid SIMs and reissue them to subscribers’ postal addresses which would get rid of illegal SIMs.
BMG Chairman believes that this entire process of reissuing prepaid SIMs to subscribers’ postal addresses through courier service can be completed within two to three days as all mobile phone companies operating in Pakistan were fully equipped and using state-of-the-art IT solutions to maintain their database, President KCCI noted, adding that this was the only way to effectively deal all those terrorism and criminal activities which were being carried out with the help of illegal SIMs.
Slamming cellular companies’ viewpoint that such a ‘tone and approach’ may hamper the confidence of the foreign operators who have invested billions of dollars in the country, President KCCI stated that the entire country was in a state of war particularly after the Peshawar School incident yet the mobile phone companies were concerned about their businesses and profitability. “We simply do not understand whether lives are more important or the businesses of these mobile companies. In such a dire situation, no leniency should be granted and no compromises be made at any cost with a single intention to provide relief to the entire nation who are fearlessly being threatened with the help illegal SIMs”, he added.
The Karachi Chamber has never missed a single opportunity to bring this serious issue to the notice of decision makers during the past six years. BMG Chairman, Siraj Kassam Teli has been reiterating many a times that over 70 percent of crimes of all kinds and terrorists activities take place using mobile phones and the only solution is to shut down all the prepaid Sims in one go and get them reissued to their postal addresses as per CNIC through courier services which would get rid of illegal SIMs.
Keeping in view the overall security situation and the deterioration of law and order situation being caused due to illegal SIMs, BMG Chairman, Siraj Teli and President KCCI, Iftikhar Vohra hoped that this time mobile phone companies will be urged to strictly implement business community’s demand to shut down all prepaid SIMs and reissue them to postal addresses of subscribers which was initially demanded by business community from KCCI’s platform and now the negative consequences have also been realized by Pakistan Rangers Sindh who deserve to be appreciated for their role being played to restore peace in Karachi.