The Federal Government has issued a directive regarding the extension in the deadline for registration of mobile devices under Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s Device Identification Registration Blocking System (DIRBS). According to the order, all mobile devices which are already activated on cellular mobile networks within Pakistan by 15th January 2019 shall remain operational without service disruption. The non-compliant devices in operation prior to this date will also be tied to these numbers and shall remain operational till the useful life of the device.
DIRBS was developed by PTA Device in line with Telecom policy 2015 and was issued by the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom under section 9.6 with the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage mobile phones theft and protect consumer interest.
Pakistani mobile device users who wish to know the status of their device can send the 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to 8484. Furthermore, the status of the mobile device can also be checked via PTA website link DIRBS.PTA.gov.pk or by downloading DIRBS android mobile application.