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Mobile phone operators in Pakistan have been told they have around a month to ensure all of their outlets are equipped with biometric thumb scanners, in a renewed bid to eliminate illegal SIMs. The scanners must be installed by December 1st in Karachi and December 20th nationwide, the authorities decided last week, according …


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  1. Don Jefe

    It's actually pretty impressive that they're doing this in less than a month's time. If they tried that here in the US it would take years and years to implement. Come the deadline about 2/3 of those required to participate would start asking for exemptions because they screwed around for three years trying to weasel out of the program and not doing anything to meet their obligations.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Spate of thumb thefts are on the increase. Two victims came forward after waking to find their thumbs had gone missing. Government official deny that the bio metric requirements of sim purchase has anything to do with it.

      Karachi Times 21/11/2013

  2. Kash

    Pakistan has the largest computerized ID scheme in world

    Thanks to funding from uncle sam. I wonder how much of the data ends up in the hands of the NSA or GCHQ. Snowden?

  3. Tom Chiverton 1

    Un huh. And people will just buy phones for other people.

    Waste of time and money.

    1. Betrand Rochel

      Reallyz ?

      This is quite drastic measure and their security services will sure as hell track down the SIM buyer and ask some nice questions over/under a bottle of water. If/when they decide the SIM user being of disadvantage to Pakistan.

  4. Buzzword


    What about foreign anonymous pay-as-you-go SIMs roaming on Pakistani networks? No way to control those.

    1. Betrand Rochel

      Re: Roaming

      They can be attached to the SIM upon entering airport.

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