October 22, 2010

Two Illegal Telephone Exchanges Busted in Islamabad

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) alongwith Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted two successful raids in different areas of Islamabad against illegal telecom exchanges. The raids conducted in F-11 Markaz and E-11 Markaz resulted in apprehension of two persons. During the raids two operational illegal setups consisting of several Gateways, Tellulars, Switches, Routers and other accessories were also confiscated.

In last one and half year, PTA has conducted thirty eight (38) successful raids on grey traffickers in different cities across the country, which included small and big gateway operators. During these raids number of persons including foreigners were arrested alongwith confiscation of more than sixty (60) Gateways, hundreds of SIMs/Connections and other accessories. In the campaign against illegal telephony approximately 40,000 mobile SIMSs have also been blocked. The apprehended persons are being interrogated by FIA and legal proceedings are underway to recover millions of rupees loss caused to the national exchequer.

Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen has appreciated joint efforts of PTA and FIA teams and also warned all those involved in the illegal telecom business to stop their activities, otherwise PTA shall take strict action against them as per the law.


Khurram A. Mehran

Dir (PR)