Pakistan's Police Told to Stop Harassing Phone Retailers
Published on: 24th Jan 2014
Police in the Pakistan province of Sindh have been ordered to stop arresting and harassing mobile phone retailers as they clamp down on illegal sales of unregistered SIM Cards.
Although the regulator has ordered a tightening of illegal sales, it seems that the police were overly aggressive in their approach.
A number of phone retailers clumbed together to petition the Sindh High Court to issue the restraining order against the police.
The claim that despite following the regulators rules on seeking proof of ID before selling a SIM Card, they have been repeatedly raided by the police, and employees have been arrested without justification.
More seriously, there are also allegations of torture and staff having the pay bribes to be released from jail.