Despite biometric regime well in action, the activation of weakly documented (illegal) mobile SIMs is still going on in the country. In a recent raid, law enforcement agency recovered mobile SIMs and illegal exchanges that were operative for blackmailing media houses and famous TV anchors of the country.
According to details, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) raided locations in Bahria Town Rawalpindi (QJ1 Heights Safari 1, 32 M, Sector F Safari Villas 1, Bahria Town Rawalpindi) where it recovered 15 VOIP based gateways using some 1800 active mobile SIMs. Officers have seized the mobile SIMs and all the related equipment.
FIA revealed that it obtained a tip-off from a premium civilian agency and as a result of a joint raid, it unearthed illegal gateways and arrested the culprits who were making threatening calls to various media houses using the mobile SIMs of a particular telecom company.
The investigation is underway, and the agency believes big names are expected to come up who were blackmailing media houses and anchors.
The agency has also arrested one lady culprit Rabia Khan whereas her accomplices, accused Waqas & Usman & Bilal are absconding. However, efforts are being made to trace and arrest the accused.
While commenting on the investigation ahead, Director FIA Islamabad confirmed, “the telecom company and its franchise will be questioned for having failed to follow the SOPs that allowed the mobile SIMs to be misused.”
In an earlier development, FIA has been designated as the investigation agency for the Cybercrimes in the country and any illegal communication, and the use of equipment for illegal purposes falls well within the scope of Cybercrime Act 2016 that has been enforced by the government for securing the cyberspace.
Before the newly enforced law, culprits were facing ordinary punishments owing to lack of comprehensive cyber legislation in the country.