NADRA, TELECOM biometric-based SIM verification launched in Pakistan
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday that biometric-based SIM verification will provide better technological support to the law enforcement agencies thus improving security situation in the country.
He said during presentation given to him by Nadra Chairman Imtiaz Tajwar prior to the signing of agreement on Biometric-Based SIM Issuance between Nadra and Telecom Operators here on Friday at Nadra Headquarters.
PTA Chairman Dr. Syed Ismail Shah also witnessed the signing ceremony.He said this is an area of high priority and high concern for the government. As per the new system nobody will be able to buy a new SIM without going through biometric verification process, he added.
The minister asked Nadra and the cellular companies to devise a mechanism for clearing a heavy backlog of unverified SIMs in the country.The Nadra chairman signed this agreement with the CEOs of Ufone, Mobilink, Zong, Warid and Telenor.
Earlier, in his presentation, the Nadra chairman informed the minister that Nadra, in consultation with all stakeholders, finalised the agreement through which issuance of mobile phone SIMS on fake identity would not be possible.
The minister was informed that Nadra being the sole custodian of biometrics of over 96 per cent of total population of the country, has offered this biometric solution in the wake of Interior Ministry’s security concerns over the use of cellular devices in terrorist and criminal activities.
It is pertinent to mention here that Nadra in this regard has already demonstrated the new Biometric Verification Systems services and applications to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Telecom Operators last year. Nadra floated the draft agreement among the telecom companies, for the solution. The representatives of the telecom companies and PTA took part in the verification of their biometric impressions through the proposed solution. The proposed solution conforms to the requirements of PTA directives.
As per the requirement of Biometric Verification System each citizen has to go to retailer, franchisee or Customer Service Centers of particular Cellular Operators and provide his/her biometric for genuine authentication against CNIC data that is held with Nadra.After successful transaction the SIM will be activated. The complete operation will be online and take maximum 15 seconds end to end.