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PTA Extends Deadline For Blocking Phones

Islamabad (October 18, 2018): The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has extended the deadline for the registration of mobile phones.

According to sources, the decision was taken during a PTA meeting on Thursday in which it was decided that unregistered mobile phones would remain operational and an earlier deadline of October 20 would no longer be applicable.

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PTA officials said a decision on the new date for a deadline would be announced following directives from the federal government and committees.

On October 12, the PTA had directed mobile phone users to register their cellular devices with the authority. In a text message sent to mobile phone users, PTA had warned that non-compliant devices will not work after October 20.Earlier, the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) had directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take back an order regarding blocking unregistered mobile phones from October 20.

Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Rubina Khalid raised the issue during a session of the Senate Standing Committee on IT today and said the PTA should explain the matter.

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