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Sindh govt asks NCOC, PTA to block SIMs of unvaccinated cellphone users

Sindh government will stop payment of salaries to unvaccinated employees

ISLAMABAD: Sindh government has asked the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and NCOC to block SIMs of unvaccinated people in the province.

In his tweet, Sindh government’s spokesman Murtaza Wahab said the provincial government has decided to seek help of PTA and NCOC to promote vaccination in the province.

The decision was shared by the Spokesman for the Sindh government and Adviser to CM Sindh on Environment Murtaza Wahab from his Twitter handle.

Chief Minister Sindh has also said that the PTA would be approached through the federal government to send messages to users to get vaccinated and those not getting a jab in a week will face blocking of their SIMs.

The chief minister further directed the provincial authorities to communicate the Sindh government’s decision to the NCOC and PTA.

“We will decide on stopping salaries of the government employees who are still unvaccinated from next month,” he said and directed the secretary of finance to reach out to the accountant general (AG) Sindh in this regard.

Previously, the province has taken other measures to encourage the vaccination process after Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah warned on June 15 that the salaries of those government employees who are not getting themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus would be stopped.

Javed Mahmood
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