PM orders blocking of roaming on Afghan SIMs

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block cellular roaming on Afghan mobile phone SIMs in Pakistan within two days, ostensibly to block cross-border communication between terrorists.
The order to disrupt roaming facility on Afghan SIMs has been given to block anti-state and criminal activities of terrorists in Pakistan on the recommendation of the law enforcement agencies because of rising security issues. So far, besides some investigating agencies, the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh are also reported to have asked the federal government to suspend roaming services on Afghan SIMs in the beginning of the year. “The prime minister has desired that this task may be completed in the next couple of days. This act will be helpful in impeding communications between the terrorists and will also help in reducing crimes related to kidnapping for ransom,” reads press statement issued by PM media office on Saturday.

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