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877,568 IMEIs blocked to curb mobile phones theft in eight years.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked 877,568 International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEIs) during last eight years to curb mobile phones theft in the country.

The IMEI blocking facility, introduced by PTA in 2006, is one of the major initiatives to assist Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to curb incidents of stolen, lost and snatched mobile phones.

According to data issued by PTA here, out of total 877,568 blocked IMEIs, 48,394 IMEIs were unblocked after successful recovery of the handsets.

As reported by handset owners, PTA not only blocks use of a reported handset on any cellular network in the country but also helps unblock the phone in case handset is recovered by the owner.

During year 2014, a total of 95,750 IMEIs were blocked after scrutiny of received complaints while 3,497 IMEIs were unblocked.

Similarly, during 200607 under the system, the Authority blocked 96,258 IMEIs, in 200708 it blocked 1,57,826 IMEIs, 1,27,568 EMEIs in 200809, 1,30,298 in 200910, 1,11,545 IMEIs in 201011, 84,849 IMEIs in 201112 and during 201213 PTA blocked 73,474 IMEIs.

With regard to unblocking of EMEIs, PTA unblocked 5,184 IMEIs during 200607, 11,059 IMEIs in 200708, 7675 EMEIs in 200809, 6807 IMEIs in 200910, 4,159 EMEIs in 201011, 3,567 IMEIs in 201112 and 3,334 IMEIs were unblocked during 201213.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 2, 2015
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