PR No. 150 MISUSE OF COUNTER TERRORISM HELPLINE 1717, PTA BLOCKS 75 SIMS, DUE TO SPAM CALLING. Islamabad: June 21, 2016
On the recommendations of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) permanently blocked 75 Sims of the spam callers who were using the Counter Terrorism Helpline 1717 facility for generating false alarm for the Law Enforcement Agencies.
NACTA 1717 Helpline was established to facilitate public for quick response from LEAs against any emergent terror threat as the LEAs move into action after receiving complaints from any person on the helpline to save human lives.
The action of blocking Sims was initiated over irresponsible attitude on part of handful people who hindered the efficiency and effectiveness of the facility established for countering terrorism despite of having inbuilt warning messages of legal consequences for those who may use the helpline with irresponsible attitude.
NACTA took up the issue with Pakistan Telecom Authority and PTA has blocked 75 SIMS of those individuals who have made more than 50 Spam & frivolous calls on the NACTA Helpline 1717.
NACTA appeals to use the Public to use the Helpline with responsibility since it’s about saving human lives and countering terrorism.