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Pakistan tightens cell phone laws

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The Pakistani government November 8 prohibited cell phone number portability, barring mobile phone subscribers from switching to other service providers while retaining the number from their original network, media reported.

The Interior Ministry made the decision because portability was making it more difficult to trace the whereabouts of suspected criminals, Dawn reported.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik presided over the meeting.

The conferees also decided that service providers would issue a new cell phone connection or subscriber identity module (SIM) only on the production of a computerised national identity card and utility bills by an applicant, media added.

This article was originally published by Central Asia Online

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