January 8, 2013 -
The only SIMs manufacturer in Pakistan, Kwick High Tech and Solutions has proposed a biometric solution to mobile phone operators in the country to verify the identity of their customers, The Express Tribune reports.
Kwick’s system can communicate instantaneously with the data server hosted at cellular companies to validate national identity card holders. There is also an additional module that can serve as a communication channel and can be deployed at retail outlets to verify a customer’s identity against their national identity card before selling a SIM card.
Kwick’s proposal targets the sale of SIM cards from store front or franchises, acting under the direction of the Ministry of the Interior, as TeleGeography reports.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has also said unregistered mobile phones and motorcycles have become “instruments for terrorists to unleash violence.”
Following Malik’s comments, as reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, vendors of SIM cards in Pakistan were given three months to install biometric systems, including fingerprint readers, to confirm the identity of customers and quell concerns of terrorism and violence.
According to dunyanews.tv, police in Pakistan recently raided four shops and seized 180,000 bogus SIM cards issued with forged documents that were reportedly sold to criminals.