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Pakistanis Must Get Fingerprinted To Use Cellphones

A Pakistani mobile vendor (center) deals with customers at his roadside stall in Rawalpindi on January 6, 2015. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani mobile vendor (center) deals with customers at his roadside stall in Rawalpindi on January 6, 2015. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)

All across Pakistan, cellphone users are lining up to get fingerprinted. The government has ordered cellphone companies to collect the biometric data for every SIM card — and it says it will cut off service for any phone not registered.

Tim Craig, the Islamabad bureau chief for The Washington Post, tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that the new program is a response to recent brutal terrorist attacks that have used cell phones.

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