ISLAMABAD – 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 and submit report for court consideration within two weeks.
Three-member SC Comprising Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qazi Faez Essa heard the review petition filed by a private cellular company on Thursday.
The counsel of a cellular company arguing the review petition stated that apex court may review its judgment announced in March 2012, in which it was decided that companies would not be permitted to sell more than five sims on a single identity card.
He said that private company would issue internet sims that cannot be used for calls on mobile phones, adding that those sims would be used just for Internet usage.
Ismail Shah Chiarman PTA, informed the court that sims without bio-metric verification have been blocked, so court now may review its directives for issuance of five sims.
What would the guaranty that audio call can not be connected from those sims? Justice Dost Muhammad Khan inquired from PTA Chief.
Ismail Shah replied that that sim could not be used for calls on cell phones, however call over viber and Skye can be connected through that sims.
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.