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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Pakistan’s Mobile Subscribers Are Required to Fingerprint

Pakistan’s Mobile Subscribers Are Required to Fingerprint

Pakistan’s Mobile Subscribers Are Required to Fingerprint

Added: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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Tens of millions of Pakistanis show up in the mobile phone stores nowadays, and the country’s government had to toughen its measures to curb terrorism. So, Pakistanis faced one of the largest efforts in the world to collect biometric data: their government has ordered mobile phone users to verify their identities through fingerprints. Those who refuse will lose their SIM cards, which is an unthinkable option for people who have enjoyed a dozen years of mobile phone usage.


Pakistan government seems to be concerned about a proliferation of illegal and untraceable SIM cards and tries to restore law and order. Back in December 2014, Taliban militants killed students and teachers at a school, and it turned out that 6 terrorists were using phones registered to one woman with no obvious connection to terrorists.

Security experts point out that matching people to phone numbers would require an enormous amount of work. At the moment, there are 103 million SIM cards in the country, which is almost the number of the adult population, and mobile providers have 6 more weeks to verify the owners of all of the SIM cards. Over the past 6 weeks, 53 million cards that belonged to 38 million residents have been verified via fingerprinting. The government claimed that after they verified all of the SIM cards and blocked all unverified cards, the terrorists would no longer have this tool.

First mobile phone company was set up in the country 24 years ago, but there was only sparse usage until the 21st century. Over the last dozen years, the number of mobile subscribers has increased from 5 million to 136 million. The mobile phone subscription rate in the country reaches 73% – just like in neighboring India. Given that 50 million more SIM cards are yet to be verified, mobile phone companies send outreach teams to the countryside and mountains to notify subscribers of the new measures.

The weak spot of the plan is that one region remains largely unaffected by the plan – it is an immediate area around the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Since many Islamist militants have sought refuge there, the country’s cellphone networks generally don’t cover those areas, and residents have to use Afghan networks.

The collected fingerprints are being matched with those from a national database being created since 2005, so people those whose prints are not yet in that database must first submit them to registration authority.

Mar 10th, 2015

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Date:  Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Comments (20) (please add your comment »)

posted by men (2015-03-10 10:30:24)
AB_T avatari verified my SIM card last weak..and it is a very good step taken by government to stop unauthorized activites..

posted by Trusted UploaderET junkieET lover (2015-03-10 12:14:10)
Maverick avatargood going pak
i wish this happen in india soon

posted by (2015-03-10 16:00:00)
wasimmalik avatarmay b
2 sim ki tasdeeek karwa li hai mainy

posted by (2015-03-10 16:15:31)
bambooooo avatarWhat a bunch of lunatics we have in our parliament. I am sure after this verification, we are going to have some new verification method soon because this re-verification simply won't reduce terrorism. No rules for foreign residents specially Afghan refugees who are involved in most of terrorism activities in country.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lovermen (2015-03-10 19:05:30)
Zohaib avatar@Bamboo i agree with you but we need this step through this verification NADRA can know and block Afghan refugees NIC... And i verified my sim's last month

posted by (2015-03-10 20:43:50)
No avatarA good step by goverment and we want more steps like this to stop every kind of terrorist activities in Pakitan.
Afghan refugees are our guests So, parlimentarians have to take carefull steps and move these people's securely to their homeland.
I verified my sim almost 2 weeks ago.

posted by (2015-03-10 21:04:50)
akash_jee avatarit is a very good step taken by government to stop unauthorized activites..

posted by (2015-03-10 22:36:36)
SirSeedsAlot avatarnot gonna stop a thing this is just for control of the masses...sorry if you don't like hearing it but that is the truth.

posted by (2015-03-11 06:15:38)
No avatarBamboooooo Afghan is not involved in Terrorism In Pakistan, But who will Set a Rule for Pakistani because they are involved in most of terrorism activities in World.

posted by (2015-03-11 07:48:28)
bm777 avatarAnd that's how it starts...that's how slowly we are going to lose our freedom.
Agreed, terrorism needs to be stopped, but what about our freedom?

posted by (2015-03-11 07:57:22)
No avatari verified my SIM card.

posted by (2015-03-11 08:10:33)
No_one avatarI agree with SirSeedsAlot.

I do not think this will stop terrorism at all.
Has Pakistan never heard of satellite phones?

It is a way to deprive Pakistan citizens of their privacy.
I think it's terrible the citizens of Pakistan are subject to such an invasion.

Privacy is important. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much of it any more.

posted by (2015-03-11 09:52:19)
danyalsad222 avatarThis is just a bunch of bullshit , Wastage of time, mobile networks operating in afghanistan work better in pakistan , So what is the point of verifying our sim card ?

Why were these issues without proper verif in the 1st place ?

posted by (2015-03-11 16:40:59)
dinesh7464 avatarok

posted by (2015-03-11 19:13:10)
afridi099 avataryou guys must be thinking about a change called keyboard change..but you know ..know one gives a shit..get your facts right..it's not only about terrorism..it's gonna help with many more crimes such as kidnapping,and blackmailing..talking about privacy and freedom..so life is worth it,

posted by (2015-03-12 07:42:03)
shivababa avatarLaw and order is not made. Change has to be internal. Morality cannot be taught.

Identities can be changed, people can buy Sims from the black market, not a large step from the black to terrorist market.


posted by (2015-03-12 10:09:26)
TrueHD avatarmonu987, No bro India is not a country who financing terror! So we don't need it..

posted by (2015-03-12 15:11:34)
No avatarThis is just because of India who is a real terrorist and financing terror in the region.

posted by (2015-03-13 07:29:04)
TrueHD avatar@pakdoost, HAHAHA! That's a very good joke! The whole world know that who gave shelter Laden!

posted by (2015-03-16 05:12:21)
No avatarWe already have half a system called Adhaar Card...which not only scans your fingerprint but also your retina..we just need the mandate from the TRAI to mandate every sim card user to give ADHAAR card as an identity proof..that's it...we will have better system that just fingerprint which is also good..

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