June 19, 2009

Five Illegal Gateway Exchanges Seized

equipment confiscated during raid


Islamabad : Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in collaboration with Federal investigation Agency (FIA) officials has busted five illegal international gateway exchanges in residential areas of Islamabad and Karachi in last few weeks.

This initiative is a part of the pursuance of its efforts against illegal telecom traffic. PTA detected illegal 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 Zonal Offices and FIA at Karachi / Islamabad and operational international exchanges were seized.

Chairman PTA Dr. Mohammed Yaseen informed that these five illegal operations of grey traffic were causing 1.7 million US $ per month loss to the national exchequer. He further informed that PTA as a regulator is vigilant and shall take all measures to stop this unlawful activity.

Chairman PTA also warned all those involved in illegal / grey telecom traffic to stop such unlawful activities, otherwise strict action will be initiated against them as per the law.


Khurram A. Mehran

Director (PR)

equipment confiscated during raid