|Govt mulls over blocking fake prepaid SIMs|
23 August 2012
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rehman Malik has said that the government has the greatest responsibility to ensure the protection of the lives and property of the people and all efforts will be made to keep them secure.
While talking to newsmen here during his visit to the Police Line headquarters, the minister said that mobile services were suspended for a few hours because there had been reports of conspiracies being hatched by the enemies of the country to hit certain targets on the occasion of Eid.
A lot of prepaid SIMs issued on fake documents are used in terrorist attacks. On this issue, the minister assured he would consult with all the concerned authorities to immediately block such prepaid SIMs to foil the nefarious designs of terrorist elements.
The minister said that such mobile SIMs are also used in extortion activities and it is being planned to block prepaid SIMs in various phases. “The final decision, however, would be made after consultations with all stakeholders and experts,” he maintained.
Commenting on the Kamra airbase attack, Malik said the law enforcement agencies and Punjab police are investigating the matter.
The minister appreciated the performance of the Police on this occasion and said that personnel of this force have sacrificed their lives for the better future of the nation.
He also urged the policemen to adopt a polite attitude with the citizens as this is the best gift to them.
Rehman Malik also assured to resolve the problem of the strength of the Islamabad police and said that recruitment would be made soon while work on a housing society would also the started shortly.
The minister laid a floral wreath at the National Police Martyrs’ Monument at Police Line Headquarters Islamabad and prayed to Almighty Allah for the departed souls. High-ranking officials of the Islamabad police were also present on the occasion.
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