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Crackdown on unregistered SIM cards soon

Crackdown on unregistered SIM cards soon

Aug 24, 2011 - 19:36

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A crackdown on unregistered mobile phone SIM card sellers would be launched soon, the minister of communication and information technology warned on Wednesday.

The two-week drive would be launched in cooperation with Kabul police, and vendors selling unregistered SIM cards would be arrested and dealt with under the law, Eng. Amirzai Sangin told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview.

Such SIM card users teased ordinary people, the minister said, adding: "Many who buy them from roadside vendors are criminals." Police have been authorised to arrest the vendors and introduce them to judicial organs.

"When the sellers are interrogated, it will help identify the main sources of the SIM cards, and they would be fined and their work permits cancelled," Sangin said. Such operations will also be conducted in provinces.

"There are regulations for SIM card sale points all over the country, and whoever violates these regulations will be fined and their work permits withdrawn," the acting minister continued.

About 17 millions of Afghans reportedly use mobile phones. One state-owned and four private companies are providing telephone services and about 40 firms offering internet services in the country.

About 85 percent of Afghans have access to telecom services, according to Sangin. The whole country will be covered over the next three years0.


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