Over 2,400 unregistered SIMs collected in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): More than 2,400 illegal SIMs of different telecommunication companies have been seized in northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Communication launched a campaign a few months ago for the collection of the SIM cards that were sold without registration by vendors. More than 2,400 have been collected so far.
Director of Communications Ghulam Rabbani Haideritold Pajhwok Afghan News the illegal SIMs were collected in Kisham, Bahd and Argo districts with cooperation from security organs
“Smuggled from neighbouring provinces to the local market, the SIMs may have been used for bothering and threatening people,” he added.
The Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA)’s provincial manager, Nisar Ahmad Haideri, said they received complaints on a daily basis regarding the illegal use of such SIMs.
“We have shared the issue with security organs and the ATRA main office in Kabul and urged them to take action the sellers. But, unfortunately, no one has detainedso far,” he regretted.
Unregistered SIM cards provided to the Taliban were used them in the Warduj district of the province, he said.
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