Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is going to postpone the date of blocking smuggled and non-compliant mobile phones, at least for a week or more, reports The News.
The development came after a delegation of All Pakistan Mobile Union met the Minister of State for Revenue, Hammad Azhar, and told him about the enormous losses dealers and citizens going to bear with the new policy of PTA.
The Minister assured them that the government will extend the date of blocking mobile phones while the law will be amended to secure those conducting business in used, refurbished and imported mobile phones.
Earlier, PTA announced to block all non-compliant mobile phones having invalid IMEI numbers while they also sent text messages to every cellular user citing 20th October as the last date for the registration.
“After the deadline, all unverified and unregistered mobile phones will automatically be blocked with the help of the device verification system known as DRIBS,” said PTA.
The PTA’s notification caused panic among importers and shopkeepers having stock of reconditioned and imported mobile phones. The shopkeepers are of the view that the policy is being implemented in haste by the watchdog and it will result in financial losses and unemployment.
“If PTA did not address our reservations about this policy of blocking mobile phones, we would hold a nationwide protest,” warned Rana Sikander, President Faisalabad Mobile Phone Dealers Association.
Rana Sikander also added that the government didn’t realize that this decision will choke the whole system as there are 16 crore mobile phone users in the country while the time provided by PTA is very short to register all of them.
The smuggled and reconditioned mobile devices have made the country a dumping site of poor quality smartphones while it is also affecting National exchequer that moved PTA to devise a mechanism to register mobile phones and block others.
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