ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) will become operational from December 1, to curtail counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage phones theft and protect consumer interest.
DIRBS has been designed to cater for no service interruption for all Pakistani cellular mobile service users. All mobile devices, including non-compliant that are active on cellular mobile networks within Pakistan till 1st December, will remain operational and not be blocked, interrupted from mobile services.
To facilitate any user currently using non-compliant mobile devices (15 digit IMEI of the mobile device is not as per international standards), PTA will auto-pair all such IMEIs with their mobile numbers and they will remain operational without any service interruption.
After DIRBS implementation on of December 1, any new mobile device programmed with a non-standard IMEI number will be considered as non-compliant device and shall not be allowed any mobile connectivity/service in Pakistani territory as per PTA/DIRBS regulations.
PTA is sending informatory SMS to all mobile subscribers to notify the status of their mobile devices in use on Pakistani cellular mobile networks.
For all Pakistani mobile device users wishing to know the status of a device can send each 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to 8484. The status of the mobile device can also be checked via PTA website link www.dirbs.pta.gov.pk or by downloading DIRBS android mobile application.
PTA has advised all mobile consumers to check IMEI status of a device prior to buying or obtaining by sending each 15 digit IMEI via SMS to 8484 from December onwards. It can also be checked from PTA website https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk or via DIRBS Android app and buy Compliant/PTA Approved device.
IFJ and PFUJ condemn murder of journalist in N. Ireland
LONDON: President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) G. M. Jamali, while strongly condemning the murder of 29-year-old freelance journalist Lyra McKee in a terrorist incident, demanded a thorough probe in order to identify and apprehend the culprits.
Philippe Leruth, President International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has termed the murder of 29-year-old freelance journalist Lyra McKee ‘a real loss of press freedom for the young generation of journalists’. On behalf of IFJ, he urged the Irish authorities to ensure a full investigation into her death.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton calling McKee’s death horrendous and unjustified told that the shooting happened when police were searching for munitions and firearms after tips that terror attacks were planned for the Easter weekend. “A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms. McKee,” he added.
Lyra McKee has been shot dead during riots in the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Police is treating the incident as an act of terrorism. Republican politician blamed so-called dissidents behind the latest augmentation in aggression that shook the disturbed area.
Images posted on social media shows a couple of vehicles in flames and hooded hooligans attacking the Police with petrol bombs.
US partners with KP to combat poppy cultivation
ISLAMABAD: Over the past three decades, Pakistan has reduced poppy cultivation by 87 percent with the partnership of the United States.
In a bid to continue to combat poppy growth, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) received a contribution of seven new Toyota Hilux pickup trucks from the United States. The KP government will use the vehicles to implement crop control and related development projects in the districts of Bajaur, Mohmand, and Khyber.
Deputy Chief of Mission John Hoover, speaking on the occasion, held: “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the KP government and former FATA Secretariat, which has resulted in a significant decrease in poppy cultivation, ultimately benefitting the people of KP and the rest of Pakistan.”
This is part of an overall 589 million rupees ($5.1 million) donation to the provincial government to combat poppy cultivation in the merged areas. Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control Sabino Sikandar Jalal and KP’s Director General Projects, Merged Area Secretariat Khalid Ilyas participated in the event. The assistance underscores the American government’s long history of partnership with Pakistan in its mission to combat poppy growth.
PS: Over the past 37 years, the United States has invested $60 million in Pakistani efforts to support rural communities in developing economic alternatives to narcotics production; expand legal employment opportunities, especially for women; provide training in sustainable farming techniques; construct roads that extend the writ of the government and provide farm-to-market access; and construct small water supply projects that increase the viability of growing alternative crops.
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), which provided the crop control assistance, works in more than 90 countries to help combat crime and corruption, counter the narcotics trade, improve police institutions, and promote court systems that are fair and accountable.
Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.
In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.
Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.
Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.