The Karachi Electronic Dealers Association has banned the sale of second hand mobile phones (used mobiles) by non-natives in Karachi to curb the sale of snatched phones from citizens.
According to details, the Karachi Electronic Dealers Association has issued new SOPs for its dealers to discourage the sale of snatched mobile phones that have also resulted in the loss of many precious lives.
In this regard, Minhaj Gulfam an office-bearer of Electronic Market Association said that the police and CPLC with the help of Karachi Electronic Dealers Association (KEDA), SOPs have been created.
Now, for sale of used mobile phones in Karachi, Karachi ID card is required. No shopkeeper in Karachi will buy a mobile phone without verification.
“Without verification of the CNIC, no shopkeeper in the city will buy the mobile phone,” he said and added, “All mobile dealers will be bound to follow the SOPs”.
Gulfam from KEDA further shared that any person having a residential address other than Karachi will be required to bring a guarantor whose CNIC bore an address in Karachi.
According to the association, we have been very strict on SOPs, so far, we have seized mobile phones worth about Rs.18 crore.
The Electronic Market Association official said that the seized phones were snatched from the citizens of Karachi.
According to the association, the shopkeepers of all the mobile markets in Karachi will be bound by the decision.
He further said that the mobile phone will be purchased by looking at the address of Karachi on the identity card, the decisions have been updated at different times.
The said person will be handed over to the police on such mobile phones which will be blocked by CPLC.
No shopkeeper will unlock the block phone and no one can change the EMI number. Action will also be taken against the shopkeepers who break rules.
Many steps have been taken recently to stop street crime incidents in the city and preparation have been made in drafting law for e-tagging of street criminals.
Additionally, IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon saying that 11,000 suspects will be placed under electronic monitoring.