KARACHI - The leadership of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries has welcomed and appreciated the decision to stop cellular services by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in Karachi and other major cities during Eid to eliminate chances of criminal activities using cellular technology.

According to statement President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mian Abrar Ahmad and Chairman Businessmen Group Siraj Kassam Teli said that it has been proposed and demanded by Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry to the Interior Minister to block all those SIMs being stolen or wrongly issued.

KCCI also suggested the ministry to block imported mobile phones with same IMEI number with immediate effect and ensure service providers to give details of all such phones to FIA, they added.

They further said that no SIM shall be activated if mobile phone has no IMEI number or proper identification of CNIC and new SIM will only be issued through postal services and mechanism should be developed to deliver new SIM through courier/ registered post at purchaser’s address according to CNIC.  KCCI leadership said that finally, Interior Minister realised the genuineness of demands of KCCI who at times had personally admitted and also declared root cause of rampant crimes in Karachi.

Rehman in his visits to KCCI during last two years gave commitment to implement the demands raised by KCCI for the larger interest of Pakistan and its citizens, they stated.

They said that mobile phone is used in more than 80 percent of criminal activities therefore, as per the demands of KCCI and commitment of Federal Interior Minister the demands must be effectively implemented without any further delay and we hope that decision to block prepaid services will be implemented and no further delay in this case will be made as the lives of Pakistani citizens are more valuable than any cellular mobile system.