PTA denies plan to phase out prepaid connections

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said the government is not planning to phase out prepaid mobile connections.

PTA Chairman Farooq Awan said “There has been no proposal to phase out the prepaid connections under consideration. The interior ministry neither asked us about this nor gave any specific directions regarding the issuance of SIMs.”

Awan said that the interior ministry had security concerns which were addressed with various measures. The chairman also said that the PTA was concentrating on preventing Sim cards from being sold without authentication. He further said that it is an important issue and they are going to take the mobile phone operators onboard in this regard.

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