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Pakistan is planning to start local manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards, amid a brewing cyber war, in a bid to shield the country from serious threat of cyber attacks.

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Earlier, the government had introduced a smartphone manufacturing policy. Pakistan had faced security threat due to Indian-manufactured smartphones using other countries’ Type Allocation Code in the initial eight digits of the 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) used to uniquely identify wireless devices.

In September last year, researchers at a security firm named AdaptiveMobile Security had issued a report (via TNW) about a new vulnerability nicknamed Simjacker that uses a phone’s SIM card to spy. Since all makes and models of mobile phones can be used with Simjacker, over one billion handsets may be affected globally.

Indian hackers had also attacked accounts of Pakistani officials. However, Pakistan countered the attacks successfully. After introducing the mobile manufacturing policy, the government is looking to begin manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. Under a plan, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom would invite investors to manufacture these cards.

The IT ministry is now seeking approval of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to move forward on the proposed plan. In a summary sent to the economic decision making body, the Ministry of Information Technology said that digital transformation and creation of an enabling ecosystem was one of the key objectives of the government of Pakistan and in the era of digital services, SIMs and smart cards were of pivotal importance.

The ministry said that it was considered that local manufacturing of these chips and cards needed to be promoted for various reasons. The government has formed a committee for the manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. In order to move forward, a cross-stakeholders’ committee was constituted on the order of the prime minister for making recommendations.

The committee held a series of meetings with the stakeholders concerned including the Engineering Development Board (EDB), cellular mobile operators (CMOs), law enforcement agencies, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). A detailed report was submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom to the Prime Minister’s Office.

In addition, a summary was also moved to the Prime Minister’s Office which included recommendations for a strategic way forward. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed that these recommendations may be presented to the ECC. Accordingly, the draft summary was circulated for comments of stakeholders.

In response, comments were received from the Ministry of Commerce, Finance, Interior, Industries and Production, and telecom regulator. The FBR and SBP also sent their comments to back the policy. In their comments, the stakeholders supported the step taken by the Ministry of Information Technology to manufacture SIMs and smart cards in Pakistan.

IT Ministry Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui told The Express Tribune that the committee had prepared recommendations for the local manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. He said that the committee had recommended reducing taxes on material to be used in the manufacturing of SIMs in Pakistan. He said that several investors were ready to start manufacturing SIMs in Pakistan, adding that it would ensure the country’s security along with creating job opportunities.

He also maintained that the step would result in savings of foreign exchange. As per industry experts, the local manufacturing of SIMs will benefit the economy as currently millions of SIMs are imported. “If we are confident that Pakistani manufacturers can ensure quality at reasonable prices, the framework for local manufacturing and its execution should be expedited. This will reduce reliance on foreign companies and also save foreign currency reserves besides supporting the government’s Digital Pakistan vision,” said an official.



 

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ISLAMABAD:
Pakistan is planning to start local manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards, amid a brewing cyber war, in a bid to shield the country from serious threat of cyber attacks.

Earlier, the government had introduced a smartphone manufacturing policy. Pakistan had faced security threat due to Indian-manufactured smartphones using other countries’ Type Allocation Code in the initial eight digits of the 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) used to uniquely identify wireless devices.

In September last year, researchers at a security firm named AdaptiveMobile Security had issued a report (via TNW) about a new vulnerability nicknamed Simjacker that uses a phone’s SIM card to spy. Since all makes and models of mobile phones can be used with Simjacker, over one billion handsets may be affected globally.

Indian hackers had also attacked accounts of Pakistani officials. However, Pakistan countered the attacks successfully. After introducing the mobile manufacturing policy, the government is looking to begin manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. Under a plan, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom would invite investors to manufacture these cards.

The IT ministry is now seeking approval of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to move forward on the proposed plan. In a summary sent to the economic decision making body, the Ministry of Information Technology said that digital transformation and creation of an enabling ecosystem was one of the key objectives of the government of Pakistan and in the era of digital services, SIMs and smart cards were of pivotal importance.

The ministry said that it was considered that local manufacturing of these chips and cards needed to be promoted for various reasons. The government has formed a committee for the manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. In order to move forward, a cross-stakeholders’ committee was constituted on the order of the prime minister for making recommendations.

The committee held a series of meetings with the stakeholders concerned including the Engineering Development Board (EDB), cellular mobile operators (CMOs), law enforcement agencies, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). A detailed report was submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom to the Prime Minister’s Office.

In addition, a summary was also moved to the Prime Minister’s Office which included recommendations for a strategic way forward. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed that these recommendations may be presented to the ECC. Accordingly, the draft summary was circulated for comments of stakeholders.

In response, comments were received from the Ministry of Commerce, Finance, Interior, Industries and Production, and telecom regulator. The FBR and SBP also sent their comments to back the policy. In their comments, the stakeholders supported the step taken by the Ministry of Information Technology to manufacture SIMs and smart cards in Pakistan.

IT Ministry Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui told The Express Tribune that the committee had prepared recommendations for the local manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. He said that the committee had recommended reducing taxes on material to be used in the manufacturing of SIMs in Pakistan. He said that several investors were ready to start manufacturing SIMs in Pakistan, adding that it would ensure the country’s security along with creating job opportunities.

He also maintained that the step would result in savings of foreign exchange. As per industry experts, the local manufacturing of SIMs will benefit the economy as currently millions of SIMs are imported. “If we are confident that Pakistani manufacturers can ensure quality at reasonable prices, the framework for local manufacturing and its execution should be expedited. This will reduce reliance on foreign companies and also save foreign currency reserves besides supporting the government’s Digital Pakistan vision,” said an official.



This is barely scratching the surface. We beed to set up silicon vallies in Balochistan, Sindh and Waziristan/FATA. Because these areas are dirt poor and need something, anything to bring them out of dark times.
 

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This is barely scratching the surface. We beed to set up silicon vallies in Balochistan, Sindh and Waziristan/FATA. Because these areas are dirt poor and need something, anything to bring them out of dark times.
The thing is manufacturing needs high density population, so aside from Quetta and other metro areas they will still be dirtpoor.

A big cultural shift getting women into work and sending children to school is needed in the rural areas if they ever want to see development.
 

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The thing is manufacturing needs high density population, so aside from Quetta and other metro areas they will still be dirtpoor.

A big cultural shift getting women into work and sending children to school is needed in the rural areas if they ever want to see development.
I'm not talking about manufacturing but software/app/e services exports. This way we won't have to do any manufacturing because everything will be done online.
 

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Pakistan is planning to start local manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards, amid a brewing cyber war, in a bid to shield the country from serious threat of cyber attacks.

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Earlier, the government had introduced a smartphone manufacturing policy. Pakistan had faced security threat due to Indian-manufactured smartphones using other countries’ Type Allocation Code in the initial eight digits of the 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) used to uniquely identify wireless devices.

In September last year, researchers at a security firm named AdaptiveMobile Security had issued a report (via TNW) about a new vulnerability nicknamed Simjacker that uses a phone’s SIM card to spy. Since all makes and models of mobile phones can be used with Simjacker, over one billion handsets may be affected globally.

Indian hackers had also attacked accounts of Pakistani officials. However, Pakistan countered the attacks successfully. After introducing the mobile manufacturing policy, the government is looking to begin manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. Under a plan, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom would invite investors to manufacture these cards.

The IT ministry is now seeking approval of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to move forward on the proposed plan. In a summary sent to the economic decision making body, the Ministry of Information Technology said that digital transformation and creation of an enabling ecosystem was one of the key objectives of the government of Pakistan and in the era of digital services, SIMs and smart cards were of pivotal importance.

The ministry said that it was considered that local manufacturing of these chips and cards needed to be promoted for various reasons. The government has formed a committee for the manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. In order to move forward, a cross-stakeholders’ committee was constituted on the order of the prime minister for making recommendations.

The committee held a series of meetings with the stakeholders concerned including the Engineering Development Board (EDB), cellular mobile operators (CMOs), law enforcement agencies, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). A detailed report was submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom to the Prime Minister’s Office.

In addition, a summary was also moved to the Prime Minister’s Office which included recommendations for a strategic way forward. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed that these recommendations may be presented to the ECC. Accordingly, the draft summary was circulated for comments of stakeholders.

In response, comments were received from the Ministry of Commerce, Finance, Interior, Industries and Production, and telecom regulator. The FBR and SBP also sent their comments to back the policy. In their comments, the stakeholders supported the step taken by the Ministry of Information Technology to manufacture SIMs and smart cards in Pakistan.

IT Ministry Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui told The Express Tribune that the committee had prepared recommendations for the local manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards. He said that the committee had recommended reducing taxes on material to be used in the manufacturing of SIMs in Pakistan. He said that several investors were ready to start manufacturing SIMs in Pakistan, adding that it would ensure the country’s security along with creating job opportunities.

He also maintained that the step would result in savings of foreign exchange. As per industry experts, the local manufacturing of SIMs will benefit the economy as currently millions of SIMs are imported. “If we are confident that Pakistani manufacturers can ensure quality at reasonable prices, the framework for local manufacturing and its execution should be expedited. This will reduce reliance on foreign companies and also save foreign currency reserves besides supporting the government’s Digital Pakistan vision,” said an official.



I hope we work also on cryptography side. Especially for the officials.
 

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This is barely scratching the surface. We beed to set up silicon vallies in Balochistan, Sindh and Waziristan/FATA. Because these areas are dirt poor and need something, anything to bring them out of dark times.

you want to setup Silicon Vallies in the least developed parts of Pakistan?
specially in Baluchistan and Sind where Wadera and sardars don't let their slaves send children to school.
how would Employees from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad will be able to travel to these far off places living in the dark ages??
 

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you want to setup Silicon Vallies in the least developed parts of Pakistan?
specially in Baluchistan and Sind where Wadera and sardars don't let their slaves send children to school.
how would Employees from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad will be able to travel to these far off places living in the dark ages??
Phir sari zindagir ro phir apni be-noori par Pakistanio!

Keep complaining that Punjab/Lahore eats everything and keep unloading Punjabis from busses and killing them. And let them keep doing dirty politics by exploiting desperate situation of Balochistan and FATA and Sindh.

Kuch karna bhi nai aur complain bhi karna hai k FDI nai ati. A lot of people from Punjab(Lahore, Isl, RWP) and Karachi live in Quetta and Peshawar if need be(military/govt posting etc).
 

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I'm not talking about manufacturing but software/app/e services exports. This way we won't have to do any manufacturing because everything will be done online.
That depends on big urban areas with excellent education facilities. Again the problem isnt with the cities in these areas its the rural areas with living standards from 150 years ago that drag the entire province down.

You can't just tell a farmer to start programming, but you can convince them to send their children to school and allow their partners to go and earn some income.
 

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Phir sari zindagir ro phir apni be-noori par Pakistanio!

Keep complaining that Punjab/Lahore eats everything and keep unloading Punjabis from busses and killing them. And let them keep doing dirty politics by exploiting desperate situation of Balochistan and FATA and Sindh.

Kuch karna bhi nai aur complain bhi karna hai k FDI nai ati. A lot of people from Punjab(Lahore, Isl, RWP) and Karachi live in Quetta and Peshawar if need be(military/govt posting etc).
we dont have to "ro" if we cant develop Silicon Valleys in Pashin or Jamshoroo, but we can start by forcing "provincial govt (their own chosen leaders) to open schools and send their own kids to schools instead of using them for animal housing. Also we can ask their own chosen leaders to develop infrastructure in their least developed areas. Just so you know, its not govt's job to open Silicon Valleys but to develop their provinces for business (which doesnt care if you are punjabi or Baluchi) so businessman can setup businesses.

But even if all that is done, i will start with smaller industries before setting up Silicon Valleys
 

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