Eight Illegal Exchanges Unearthed


LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday night seized eight illegal gateway exchanges on Ferozpur Road and arrested two suspects.

According to FIA, PTA received a complaint that illegal gateway exchanges were being run at the BTS location in Nishtar Colony, Ferozpur Road, causing huge loss to the national exchequer.

It said an FIA team successfully traced the actual location where the illegal gateway exchanges set-up was being run and conducted the raid. It recovered eight illegal gateway exchanges, two laptops, three internet devices, two mobile phones, two internet USBs and hundreds of SIMs.

Two suspects – Ahsan Mehboob and Mehboob Alam – have been arrested. The gateway exchanges and other digital media was dismantled, it said.

After recovery of illegal gateway exchanges and sufficient incriminating evidence, the suspects have been booked under sections 7, 13, 14, 16 of PECA 2016, 31 (1) PT (RO) Act-1996 R/w 419, 420, 109 of PPC.

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