PTA Raid in Lahore
Last Updated (Friday, 06 January 2006)
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Islamabad: A joint team of Pakistan Telecom
Authority (PTA), PTCL and FIA has raided a house in Lahore and detected an
illegal gateway exchange involved in illegal telecom business.
details, upon detection of illegal international call termination taking place
at a residential bungalow in DHA, Lahore, a raid was conducted by a combined
team of PTA, NSS, PTCL and FIA. The raiding team found an operational illegal
gateway exchange bypassing legal gateways, at the said premises. It included
VoIP gateways, GSM gateways, WLL phones, SIMs of mobile operators and other
related equipment. The setup was capable of terminating illegal traffic from
abroad by bypassing PTCL gateways and distributing it using WLL and mobile
numbers. The FIA team has arrested Adeel Sabir, who was present at the site and
looking after the setup and an FIR has been registered against him and his two
partners Faisal and Masood.
has also been confiscated and investigation is under process. It is estimated
that the accused has caused million of rupees revenue loss to the Government and
the telecom operators. It may be mentioned here that PTA was making efforts to
eradicate menace of illegal international termination and was working vigilantly
on this issue. Moreover, if anyone from general public gets information
regarding such illegal activity or they observe a local number CLI during an
international call, they can inform PTA at its toll free number 0800-55055.
Their details will be kept confidential.