Use of Pakistan SIM cards banned in border district
With Pakistan installing new mobile phone towers along the 270 km border in Barmer despite objection from India, the administration has banned the use of Pakistani mobile SIM cards in the district.
Barmer: With Pakistan installing
new mobile phone towers along the 270 km border in Barmer
despite objection from India, the administration has banned
the use of Pakistani mobile SIM cards in the district.
The step comes after the issue was raised during the
meeting of the Internal Security Committee recently.
Pakistani mobile phone network has a penetration of
30-40 km in Indian territory."This network penetration can be
a threat to security as it can be used by smugglers or for any
other anti-national activities," district collector Gaurav
He said that security agencies wanted the use of
mobile SIMs from Pakistan to be declared an offence as it is
not an easy task for them to track the calls made from such
"Considering this apprehension of the agencies, we,
using the powers under CrPC, declared the use of Pakistani
SIMs in Barmer an offence," Goyal said.
Superintendent of Police Santosh Chalke said the
network of Pakistani mobile companies has been traced in many
villages along Barmer border starting from Gujrat frontier
like Bhakhasar, Pipala, Krishna ka Tala, Janpalia, Kabul ki
Dhani, Sajjan ka Par, Surte ki Dhani and Munabao.
"If any person uses the mobile SIM of Pakistan in
these areas, we can not intercept such calls or monitor such
"The issue came up many times during discussions with
security agencies and on the basis of these discussions, we
requested the district administration to make the use of
Pakistani SIMs in the region a punishable offence," he said.
The SP said this "will atleast discourage the use of
such SIMs in Indian territory, if any".
During flag meetings, the BSF has registered its
protest with Pakistan over installation of mobile towers along
the border but it did not heed the requests and has recently
increased the number of mobile towers along the border, said a