July 15, 2009

Illegal Gateway Exchanges Seized at Lahore


Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in collaboration with Federal investigation Agency (FIA)  has busted three illegal international gateway exchanges in residential areas of Lahore by apprehending number of people involved in illegal activities. Investigations are underway so as to put an end to this menace.

This initiative is a part of the pursuance of PTAâ??s efforts against illegal telecom traffic. PTA detected these setups through the Technical Facility installed to monitor the illegal business of telecom throughout the country. Upon investigation and confirmation, successful raids were conducted by PTA and FIA at Lahore and three operational international exchanges were seized.

Chairman PTA Dr. Mohammed Yaseen said that these illegal operations of grey traffic were causing millions of rupees loss to the national exchequer. He further said that PTA as a regulator is vigilant and shall take all measures to stop this un-lawful activity.

Chairman PTA also warned all unlicensed operators involved in illegal / grey telecom traffic to stop such unlawful activities, otherwise strict action will be initiated against them as per the law.  Furthermore, franchisees which are supporting illegal call termination business by selling the SIMs without proper documentation shall be handed over to FIA, if found involved.


Khurram A.Mehran

Director (PR)