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Signal spillover between Afghan and Pakistan remains unresolved

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The issue of GSM signal spillover of Afghani telecom operators into the areas of Durand Line (the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan), was raised by Pakistani officials. As of yet, an official reply has not been received from the Afghan government, stated Ismail Shah, Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

He also reported that the issue was raised through General Headquarter and Foreign Office, but the Afghan counterparts remain to give us a response on the topic.

While Pakistan cannot bind Afghanistan to prevent signal spillover across the border, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recommended all the member countries to contain phone signals within their territories, stated Chairman of PTA while briefing a parliamentary panel on Friday.

Serious concerns were expressed by the sub-committee of Committee of Delegated Legislation of Senate, which met with Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai over matters concerning the phone signal spillovers from Afghanistan – referring to it as a serious security threat.

The committee also noticed that most terrorist attacks in Pakistan used phone signals of Afghan telecom operators, which is why the matter was made part of the National Action Plan (NAP).

PTA director said that the issue was raised with Afghanistan on a few events even through GHQ and Foreign office. Promote it was talked about on the sideline of some global gatherings where Afghan side verbally guaranteed to address the issue, in any case, nothing quantifiable has happened starting yet.

PTA chairman further said that Pakistan-Afghanistan border is a vast area spanning several hundred kilometers and controlling signal spillover through jammers is very difficult to achieve.

PTA chairman stated that roaming services for Afghan SIMs in Pakistan have been blocked and discontinued, meaning that no Afghan SIM will operate in Pakistan on roaming.

However, areas adjacent to borders — up to tens of kilometers — still have Afghan operators’ signals where such SIMs can operate normally.

The committee was also briefed on rules, regulations, notifications and SROs in pursuance of the existing Acts of the Parliament of Universal Service Fund.

Representative Kalsoom Parveen said that it was asserted that the Fund was used out of its command. The board individuals additionally brought up issues on covering of various laws; notwithstanding, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of USF said that there is no tussle or covering in the Acts and laws, subsequently confronting no issues in such manner.

Rector Virtual University Naveed Malik informed the council on principles, controls, warnings and SROs in compatibility of the current Acts of the Parliament of the University. The council brought up difficult issues over enlisting representatives on contract premise while saying that workers have not been given any assurance.

Rector informed that there are 170 campuses of the University across the country while over 42000 students including 1900 overseas students are enrolled for various courses.

He further said that Planning Commission is considering opening 15 more campuses. The University is imparting education according to the latest technological era.

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Alina Ashraf is currently a medical student from the Aga Khan University, who loves to write and read literature in her leisure time. She is also a keen artist. She continues to pursue her interests while balancing medicine, and hopes to be a cardiologist one day.