SOP issued to curb the sale and purchase of snatched and stolen cell phones

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Karachi Chief of Police, Ghulam Nabi Memon, expressing concern over the sale and purchase of ripped or stolen mobile phones in the markets, has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to check the illegal practice.

An official said on Saturday that the SOP was the result of a joint effort by Karachi Police, the Electronics Dealers Market Association and the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).

They said Additional Inspector General of Police Memon held a meeting with stakeholders, including representatives from the Electronic Dealers Market Association and CPLC, and instructed his subordinates to devise a standard operating procedure for mobile phone markets. Now, the SOP has been prepared and distributed to all mobile phone markets, according to officials.

According to the guidelines, the trader will take a copy of the Karachi resident’s ID card when he buys a cell phone, and the CPLC will erase the cell phone by checking his number at 1102, and if the cell phone is found blocked, the shopkeeper will turn it over to law enforcement.

This policy will be the same for new and used phones, and a copy of a citizen’s ID card will be required to unlock the mobile phone and its software.

Officials said this policy has been implemented in Karachi and around 100-120 million cellphones have been seized since 2016. They said these cellphones have been returned to citizens with the help of police and CPLC.

The SoP further states that it is mandatory for the merchant to request a copy of the buyer’s or seller’s CNIC, obtain the customer’s active mobile phone number, and have a record of the purchase and sale of mobile phones with complete transaction details.

Also, if a merchant ignores the SoP, does not collect the required information and purchases cell phones without verification, then the merchant will face the law, an FIR will be filed against him under Sections 411 and 412 of the Penal Code. Pakistani and he will be arrested.

The merchant must also have the IMEI number of the mobile phone sold or purchased as well as the customer’s copy of the CNIC. Also, merchants should not be involved in unlocking the cell phone or changing the IMEI; otherwise, he will have to face the law.

Officials said investigations revealed that in the past multiple cellphones had been found on the same IMEI, so all traders had been strictly instructed to avoid such practices. They said that if they are found to be involved in such practices or change the IMEI, strict action will be taken against them and they will also be arrested.

Officials said investigations showed that several FIRs were lodged by traders or customers at different police stations who were selling the bulk of inland mobile phones after they were delivered to Karachi via courier companies. and which were packed in boxes and stolen from other cities. from the country. It was also found that the trader did not have the IMEI numbers of cell phones that had been transported in bulk from within the country and stolen by thieves.

In this regard, merchants have been instructed to first ask sellers to send them the IMEI numbers of reserved cellphones along with their models and names, otherwise they should not do business with dealers unaware of this SOP. If this is not adhered to, they warned, strict action will be taken against the errant trader.

The SOP also requires courier companies involved in transporting cell phones from other cities in the country to request the IMEI numbers of the cell phones before confirming the order.

In addition, merchants should sell PTA-licensed cell phones and avoid selling non-PTA-licensed cell phones. The standard operating procedure states that merchants doing business on OLX or other online services must sell or buy cell phones by following the instructions.

In addition, post officers have been instructed to file FIRs of stolen or stolen cell phones and they are required to immediately notify the district CPLC office of the IMEI and cell phone number of any stolen or stolen cell phones. stolen for record keeping; however, the mobile phone will not be blocked, because when the plaintiff asks to block it, he will receive a complaint from the victim and submit it to the police station and the CPLC office; however, they will only update the complaint but not block the cell phone as this will create investigation issues.

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