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Update: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended the date for the registration of cellphones till 25th January 2019.

An online portal system developed for mobile IMEI registration will be ready for soft testing by 25th January, PTA informed the Senate Standing Committee for Information Technology and Telecommunications.

The deadline to register the mobile phones was extended to 15th January 2019 previously. Now, citizens will have 10 more days to have their smartphones registered by PTA.

Senator Rubina Khalid said that people are facing issues regarding the registration mobile phones and directed the PTA to make the system less complicated. She said that the registration of mobile phones being brought to Pakistan needs to be extended for at least two months.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister for IT and Telecom, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Secretary IT Maroof Afzal, Senators including Taj Afridi, Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Maulana Ghafoor Haideri and representatives of relevant Ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Member Custom, Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR).

Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar has announced a major policy shift. According to the new rules and regulations, travellers visiting Pakistan will be allowed to bring in only one cellphone per year free of customs duty as per the personal baggage rules.

According to the new regulation, a maximum of 5 smartphones can be brought to the country. However, customs duty will have to be paid on 4 of the 5 sets after 30 days if the sets require services.

The Federal Minister took it to his Twitter to announce the change in policy. He wrote, “The cabinet has decided that mobile phones sold after 1st December 2018 that are not customs duty paid (i.e. smuggled) will be deactivated by PTA after a lapse of 30 days.”

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Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, on Friday, had announced that the cabinet has decided to install a new Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).

This system will block smuggled devices from operating within the country after December 31st. “The restriction will not be imposed on the phones already in use,” he added.

According to Mr Chaudry, Rs82 million worth mobile phones are brought to Pakistan however only Rs 2.5 billion is received. Despite sales being banned on second-hand phones, they are still available in the markets.

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