Khattak seeks ban on Afghan SIMs to check extortion
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Concerned at growing extortion incidents, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has urged a total ban on Afghan SIMs in Pakistan’s border areas.
In a letter to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak wrote: “Afghan SIMs are being used for making extortion calls to KP residents from Afghanistan.”
“The attacker of a businessman recently killed in Peshawar is in jail in Afghanistan,” said the chief minister, who plans a meeting with the minister to discuss the issues of Afghan SIMs.
Khattak will discuss with Nisar the mobile phone towers installed near the Durand Line, unchecked border crossings and deployment of Rangers in Peshawar -- the provincial capital.
The extortionist gangs are operating from across the border, according to the dispatch, whichurges Islamabad to talk to Kabul to resolve the security issue.
Khattak claimed: “Ninety-eight of extortion calls received here originate from Afghanistan, where we neither have any access nor the jurisdiction to operate.”
He also stressed effective border management at Torkham and other entry points to stop infiltration. He also sought funds for raising a 1,000-strong Special Force in KP.
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