In a momentous event held today, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) Temporary Mobile Registration System. This groundbreaking initiative aims to provide convenience to overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals visiting the country by allowing them to register and use their personal mobile phones for up to 120 days from the date of their arrival, without incurring any duties and taxes. The system has been thoughtfully devised in consultation with the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication (MoITT), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). This facility can be availed by visitors during each of their trips to Pakistan, ensuring seamless communication throughout their stay.
The Need for the Temporary Mobile Registration System
Visiting a foreign country often involves the hassle of buying a new local SIM card or dealing with roaming charges. For overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals, staying connected with their loved ones, business associates, and accessing essential services is of utmost importance. The introduction of the Temporary Mobile Registration System addresses this concern, as it allows travelers to utilize their existing mobile phones without any extra financial burden.
Online Application Process
The process of availing the Temporary Mobile Registration System is user-friendly and streamlined. Visitors can apply online by visiting the official website of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). This digitized approach not only saves time but also ensures efficiency and accuracy in the registration process.
Government’s Commitment to Connectivity
In his address during the inauguration, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif emphasized the government’s unwavering commitment to providing top-notch connectivity facilities to all visitors. This initiative is part of the broader efforts by the government to enhance telecommunications and information technology infrastructure across the country.
Synergy between MoITT, FBR & FIA
The successful implementation of the Temporary Mobile Registration System is a result of close collaboration between key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication (MoITT), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Their collective efforts have paved the way for a seamless registration process, making it easier for travelers to stay connected.
Federal Minister for IT & Telecom’s Statement
During the launch ceremony, the Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haq, expressed his dedication to providing smooth ICT services throughout Pakistan. He pledged to ensure and extend connectivity with ease and comfort to all overseas Pakistanis and foreign nationals visiting the country.
Gratitude to Stakeholders
On this momentous occasion, the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Major General (R) Hafeez Ur Rehman, expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders, including the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom (MoIT), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), for their invaluable support. He also highlighted that PTA has implemented various consumer-centric initiatives and regulatory measures to ensure the provision of high-quality ICT services nationwide.