Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is the top body in the country for dealing with Cybercrime. The agency is only equipped with a cybercrime law, however; the force faces a dearth of resources.
The cybercrime wing in Lahore is forced to work under the same premises where all other FIA related activities are usually carried out. The place is congested, lacks human resource and a heap of files can be seen around.
As per latest revelations, the cybercrime fighting agency even lacks full time dedicated staff and is yet to undergo the renewal of its 31 contractual employees who run the affairs of this specific wing.
The said officials belong to the grade 16 and 18 who were appointed few years back on contract. The latest renewal of their contracts happened in June 2016 that has been expired after a year and the staff is forced to work with pending salaries due to an unclear status.
It is interesting that the legal status of these officials is questionable and the rising graph of cybercrime in the country is making things more challenging for this small resourceless division.
Cybercrime law was activated in Pakistan back in September 2016 and the FIA was given the fundamental powers to control and investigate the crime. The agency is yet to be equipped with digital labs, human resource, required number of police station and the annual budget for dealing with the burgeoning issues, an insider hinted.