Karachi, August 22, 2023 – The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has taken a significant step in enhancing the convenience of mobile device registration in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) by implementing the Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) in these regions.
In a circular issued on Tuesday, the central bank announced that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in coordination with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), had developed the DIRBS system across Pakistan. The primary purpose of this system is to generate challans/Payment System ID (PSID) and facilitate their payment through banks’ Alternate Delivery Channel (ADC), Over-the-Counter (OTC) facilities, and ATMs.
Now, PTA aims to extend the implementation of the DIRBS system to AJK and GB, mirroring the processes in the rest of Pakistan. This expansion is intended to provide the general public in these regions with a streamlined and convenient method to register their mobile devices.
To ensure that taxpayers in AJK and GB have the means to pay DIRBS duties and levies through OTC and ATMs, the SBP has advised all Commercial and Microfinance Banks to make these payment facilities available at their branches within the territorial jurisdiction of AJK and GB.
Moreover, the banks are encouraged to issue necessary instructions to their respective branches, ensuring that officials are well-versed with the DIRBS system. This step aims to enhance the efficiency of the registration process for mobile devices and promote compliance with regulatory requirements.
The implementation of DIRBS in AJK and GB underscores the commitment of the government and regulatory authorities to providing accessible and efficient services to the public while strengthening the monitoring and regulation of mobile devices in these regions.