Cell Phone Records

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Spotted this notice at a pan shop near Clifton underpass. The notice urges all subscribers of the cellular company to make sure their ownership records are correct to avoid possible disconnections after 30th December 2007. Similar notices have been issued by other cellcos as well. In the wake of news and reports that point towards one NIC being used for hundreds of connections and the obvious reluctance of any cellular operator to ‘close’ down connections during these times where subscriber number is the name of the game, the notice is not expected to carry any weight in the stated threat.

14 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

    Well, we are all aware of the obvious outcome, or lack there of….but atleast we should be happy that someone has taken the first step in correcting the wrong.

  2. Balma (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    What kind of fucked up language is used on these posters. People can’t write a single sentence in Urdu anymore in Pakistan. Or, as I suspect, people can’t write proper English in Pakistan, esp the burgars, and they end up speaking/writing English in Urdu. Gadhay kay bachay!

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    I would like to know how would you translate terms like Franchise,retailers and Mobile Number.

  4. Raza (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    Franchise = Manzoor shuda shakhain.
    retailers = KHurdah faroSH
    Mobile Number = âdad-e-mañquulah ya mutaHarrik

  5. CitizenofKhi (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    @Balma, Watch your own lang. before criticizing others.

  6. Balma (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    And Adnan, national ID card is shanaakhti card.
    I am not a fanatic. I am not a purist. But I hate this uneducated burgar group which is bent upon using Urdu grammar and English words because they can’t write or speak proper English.
    Lots of English words, and for that matter Spanish words and Arabic words and so on, have creeped into Urdu/Hindi over centuries, and that is no problem for me, but there is a special attempt these days to inject unnecessary words from English into Urdu when every educated Pakistani knows the Urdu words.
    Esp, at Forum mall I feel like slapping some of these sales persons from Korangi. Mae poochh rahaa hoo’n keh yeh aslee chamRaa hae, the asshole responds yes, it is pure leather. So finally, I put hand on his shoulder and ask him that why is he responding to me in English when he knows that I am a desi….he does ayai’n paai’n shaai’n.
    Then there was this girl (cute one) at some bedsheet store in Forum, who when I insisted actually told me that their bosses tell them to giT-piT in English. She said she lived in Korangi saaRhay saath or something.

    I don’t think these Korangi dudes were being burgars. yeh to becharay majboor hai’n.

    May be I am getting to be an old fart. May be I am out of touch with the currents of change blowing through Pakistan. May be Pakistanis deserve to be slapped and insulted….jub khood apnee izzat nahi’n hae, toe koee aur kyoo’n karay gaa.

  7. Barrister Ali K.Chishti (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 2:00 am

    BIG BROTHER is watching you!
    First Computerized Identity Cards, Airport Screenings, Biometrics, Cell Phone Details, Bank Records Checks – we are a police state!

    In the UK, there’s a law which is called ‘Data Protection Act 1998’ which states , ‘no government , semi-government or body is entitiled to search records, personal information or any information without permission of the actual person ‘

    in a state we call Pakistan , the states has started to regulate citizens personal life – in effect , the state controls citizens ; state calls it post 9/11 envioremnet but did the actual / so-called victims actully did what we did ? ‘UK still has Data Protection Act ‘ – somehow , we are more loyal to the king then king himself.

  8. Zee (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    Hmmm… I don’t see anything wrong with this move. It’s a healthy practice. Every person who has an internet connection should also submit his indentity and also should not have more than 3-4 mobile phone connections. It just doesn’t make sense why would anyone register thousands of sims using one identity card. It’s not safe at all. I think it’s a good move and PTA should make sure that all the mobile companies follow this rule.

  9. Memorial Power (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 4:40 am

    I agree with ZEE, its for our own safety. I cancelled 12 connections from Mobilink which were on my name/CNIC. I did not know anything about those connections until I asked them to give all the numbers against my CNIC. If you people get time do visit Customer Care for Mobile services ( All services ) and ask them for all the connections in your name. The frenchise/panshops normally sell connections without copies of CNIC and attach the one CNIC copy they get from any costomer. You its a possibility that you have so many connections in your name. Be aware. Its important.

  10. hmmm (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 5:45 am

    looks like people can’t read proper Urdu either, thats 2007 written in Urdu not 2008 or was it a typing mistake? thinking ahead of time?

  11. Kashif (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm


    “Franchise = Manzoor shuda shakhain.”

    Is it the right translation? Shakhain means Branches while a Franchise is “an authorization to sell a company’s goods or services in a particular place” so i think if a shop says Bata franchise, that would translate to, Bata say manzoor (tasdeeq) shuda.

  12. Raza (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

    @ Kashif
    So how’d you translate “Authorized Dealer”? I think (Just my personal observation) Franchised, retail venue which share a brand and central management like Pizza Hut, Burger King etc. Authorized Dealer, they can sell the brand but not connected to central management

  13. Raza (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    What is Bargar? Or you intend to say BurgEr.

  14. Neha Aggarwal (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 5:36 pm


    1. We are looking for the companies who can provide a service and price that
    meets these criteria:
    a. Receive phone calls and allow a client to make two one minute recorded
    b. Transcribe those messages into a text file that is saved by account name
    to be retrieved after six months of use, then closed.
    c. Allow for a third part to retrieve these transcribed text file accounts
    via email.

    Neha Aggarwal

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