The high court of KP’s Peshawar has ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) not to block the unregistered mobile devices.
During the hearing of a petition filed by a mobile dealer in Peshawar High Court (PHC), the high court barred the telecommunication authority from blocking unregistered mobile phones for the next three months.
Another petition related to this issue was also filed by the mobile companies operating in Pakistan in April in the Islamabad High Court, where the PTA’s decision to block the unregistered mobile devices was challenged.
During the hearing of that case, the judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah remarked that “The stance of the companies is correct and the PTA should mend the issue on priority basis while extending its previous deadline”.
At that time, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority assured the Islamabad High Court that it is working closely with the cellular companies on the issue. During the proceedings of the case, the high court issued a notice and asked for a detailed reply from the authorities on the matter.
After that, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted time to the mobile companies and asked them to prepare a proper plan for the blockage of the mobile devices while directing the telecommunication authority to solve the issue by collaborating with the cellular companies operating in the country.
Following the directions of the high court, PTA launched an app called Mobile Devices Identification, Registration, and Blocking Regulation System (DIBRS) last year. It was launched by the authorities to block stolen, smuggled, and duplicate mobile phones in the country and gave a deadline to the people Pakistan to get their mobile devices registered with the PTA.
After the registration process, PTA revealed that there are 3 million illegal mobile phones that are working in Pakistan and started the process to block all the illegal phones from May of the current year.