The PTA had said earlier that there had been instances where subscribers who own handsets with dual SIMs have registered one IMEI
number against the slot they use.
The status of a mobile device can be checked by dialing *#06# and SMS each 15 digit IMEI
To facilitate the same, IMEI
database of all mobile operators will be consolidated in one central system.
Besides the leak of international travellers' data, mobile shops are allegedly IMEI
cloning for the illegal registration of mobile phone through DIRBS.
Asked about the reason behind sending of stolen mobile phones to Nepal, Deo explained that the IMEI
search of these devices is restricted to India.
Another shopkeeper from Blue Area Islamabad, Usman Ghani dealing in high-end phones, primarily Samsung and Apple said, 'The person changing the IMEI
number knows it's illegal, and the person getting it changed also knows it's illegal.
If the PTA blocks your mobile phone's IMEI
number, you cannot use it on any mobile network in Pakistan-the phone will simply not function.
After DIRBS implementation on December 1, 2018 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.
Dial *#06# from the dial pad of device and note down each 15-digit IMEI
All foreigners are required to register their mobile phones' IMEI
numbers and activated on Pakistani SIMs.
The new nationwide system called Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) will operate as a Centralised Equipment Identity Register, a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI
) numbers of blacklisted mobile phones.