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Customs directed to destroy unregistered mobile phones

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has directed Pakistan Customs to destroy unregistered mobile phones.

The FBR through Customs General Order (CGO) No. 07/2018 on Thursday directed Customs to dispose of huge quantity of confiscated smuggled mobile phones in the wake of new regime when only Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) verified mobile phones would be active for phone networks operating in Pakistan.

Through the CGO, the FBR explained a procedure for disposing of confiscated mobile phones and their registration with PTA.

The FBR asked the customs authorities to compile list of confiscated mobiles with details of mobile phone type, brand, model and IMEI number.

The customs collectorates have been directed to send the information to PTA for technical evaluation/certification and their white listing in Device Identification Registration Blocking System (DRIBS).

The FBR said that on issuance of certification of white listing the confiscated mobile phones/devices would be disposed off through open auction.

Further those mobile phones/devices that could not be certified for white listing by the PTA would be destroyed.

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