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Tajikistan Tightens Up on SIM Cards as Security Measure

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Tajikistan's parliament has approved amendments to the country's electronic-communications law that pave the way for the reregistation of nearly 7 million active mobile-phone cards sold in Tajikistan.
 
The move is part of an effort to tighten security across the former Soviet republic and curb the use of Tajik-registered phones by militants in neighboring Afghanistan.
 
It also tightens government control over who sells or buys new subscriber-identity-module (SIM) cards, making it compulsory for buyers to leave their fingerprints along with passport details.
 
Speaking to the parliament on December 2, Tajikistan's deputy intelligence minister said the lack of such control has led to many Tajik SIM cards being used by Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
 
Mansur Umarov did not elaborate, but he said Tajikistan would crack down on those selling SIM cards illegally.
 

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