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Overseas Pakistanis can bring a mobile phone, says Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudry on Tuesday said overseas Pakistanis can bring a cell phone with them as tax has been imposed on additional mobile phones. He took to Twitter to respond to one of his followers who complained about a ban on expatriates to bring mobile phones to Pakistan. “So you people have imposed a ban on overseas Pakistanis to bring mobile phone,” said the minister’s follower on Twitter in response to his earlier tweet in which he said about Rs1 billion had been…

NAB officers barred from using cell phones at work

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has barred the anti-graft watchdog’s officers from using mobile phones on duty.  The move is said to be aimed at improving the bureau’s working and disciplining its officers. Besides, the NAB chairman has directed officers up to 18 grade to wear uniform. They have also been restrained from meeting visitors having no official business during working hours. Lately, the NAB chief had chaired a high level meeting at the Bureau’s…

Sindh declares CNIC mandatory for sale, purchase of mobile phones

KARACHI: The Sindh apex committee on Monday declared the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) mandatory for sale and purchase of mobile phones in the province. A meeting of the apex committee held today (Monday) with Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair. The Sindh apex committee decided to monitor the seminaries as well as the education institutions on the aspects including the source of funding, curriculum and the overseas students. Talking to journalists, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister…

14,051 mobile phones snatched in Karachi this year so far, CM Sindh told

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah was informed on Tuesday that six targeted killing incidents occurred in Karachi in the ongoing year, ARY News reported. Chairing the meeting to review law and order situation in the wake of car explosion in city’s Defence area, the provincial chief executive was informed that a stolen vehicle was used for IED explosion near Khadda Market. During the briefing, Mr. Shah was informed by officials that 14,051 mobile snatching incidents occurred in Karachi this year, while…

Regulatory duty and penalty to be imposed on unregistered mobile phones

ISLAMABAD: The government has determined in law for initiating regulatory duty (RD) along with slight penalty on unregistered mobile phone sets that are in use already. According to the law, once the mobile phone gets blocked then can only be unblocked by completion of Regulatory duty (RD) payment along with the penalty at the nearby customs point. As per data, it is predicted generally that almost $1.5 billion revenue loss is tolerated by the government exchequer per year due to trading of illegal phones in the market…

KP doctors, nurses barred from using mobile phones while on duty

PESHAWAR: In what is being seen as a move to ensure disciplinary ethics across hospitals, the Khyber Pakhtonkhwa administration has barred doctors and nurses from using cellphones while on duty at all hospitals of the province. Health Department, KP has issued a circular to all public sector hospitals across the province asking them to strictly enforce the rule. It may be noted here that a call-attention notice was submitted in the provincial assembly on Thursday seeking a debate over the “excessive use” of mobile…

Mobile services suspension sought during Chehlum processions in Karachi

KARACHI: Police have proposed to suspend cellular phone services and ban over pillion ridding in the metropolis as part of security measure for Chehlum procession. " In order for peaceful observance of the Chehlum's processions and majalis, it was decided to seek helping hand from the federal institutions", the provincial government says as cited by the sources. The relevant authorities have decided for more strict security measures on Chehlum. According to sources, the Sindh government is mulling to call Pakistan army…

PTA to block unregistered mobile phones after Oct 20

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced that all unregistered mobile phones across the country will be blocked after October 20. PTA had launched Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) on May 10 this year, aimed to combat the use of smuggled or counterfeit sets which either serve to reduce tax revenues for the state or pose health problems to unsuspecting consumers. The DIRBS will now become functional on Oct 20. “We recommend that consumers buy only…

All illegally imported mobile phones in Pakistan to stop working by year end

ISLAMABAD: The government has devised a system to block all illegally imported mobile phones by the end of this year, said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. Addressing a media briefing here, he said the government had prepared a mechanism that will help halt smuggling of cellphones. According to a report released in Sep this year, the number of cellular subscribers in Pakistan has reached 151 million by the end of July 2018, indicating an upward trend with each passing month. The Telecom sector is one of the…

Mobile phones banned in public schools of Multan

MULTAN: District Education Authority of Multan has banned use of mobile phones inside the public schools, ARY News reported. CEO Education Multan on Tuesday said cellphones would be submitted with the principal and the teachers would get it back before leaving the school.  A notification in this regard reads, "It has been observed that teachers get into their mobile phones during school time which affects children's education. Therefore, it is directed that nobody should use mobile phones during the school timing.…