Illegal VoIP Gateway Busted in Karachi

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a joint raid at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi which resulted in confiscation of functional illegal gateway telephone setup. The illegal setup consisted of four GSM Gateways, Tellulars, Switches, Routers and number of SIMs of different operators. During the raid one person was apprehended.

This action was a result of efforts of highly technical professionals
and dedicated workers of PTA who check and monitor the illegal call
termination business on twenty four hours basis and adopt different
procedures and processes to apprehend persons involved in the
activity, not only to safeguard the national exchequer but also to
ensure severe punishment as per the law.

Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen appreciated the 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.


  • Ahmed

    @Saleh Sikandar
    Are you PTA spokesman? Coz the way this article is written looks like an official handout.

    I noticed when my friends in Europe called me using VoIP service in Europe and local numbers appeared on CLI. I asked them and they told me VoIP services they use in Europe (Betamax). To report it to PTA I am saving them, but I am afraid that at the end of the day PTA will claim it to be their 24/7 effort.

    But then according to PTA even usage of Skype, Yahoo, MSN voice chat is illegal…as Internet service is for Data only, and not voice.

    This way aren’t we all doing an “illegal” activity ?

    World is going in future, PTA is pulling us in stone age. Dr. Yaseen sb VoIP is future, give local VoIP operators licenses, don’t crush them. Make it possible for local voip operators to provide services to Pakistanis abroad, don’t force them to use VoIP operators who use illegal VoIP routes.

    Europe and US aren’t dumb enough promoting VoIP while we are crushing any local VoIP operator possiblity and PTA after every few months claiming to be champion of curbing grey telephony.

    • TheOnlyNormal

      AGREEEEEEED !!

  • SSR

    TUM KITNAY GATEWAY BAND KARWAO GAY HAR GALI SAY AIK GATEWAY NIKLAY GA LOLZ
    well its really bad move by Paki goverment

  • caveman

    the only reason for this location to be closed is because the PTA guys in KHI did not get their brown papaer bag this month. also one site taken down out of many gives PTA something to crow about saying they are tackling the issue but really they are all in on it !!

  • Waqas Tariq

    This is simply stupid, rather than having a policy of handing out licence’s and if someone working without licence giving them a penalty. We “apprehend’ them put them in custody. For the information of the law makers and PTA, PAKISTAN is in crisis and we need jobs and revenue! Why the govt is hell bent on screwing every other person in the country is beyond me. Our law and its makers are stupid

  • KHI

    is MAGIC JACK considered a VOIP and is it illegal???

  • Kashif

    PTA actually stands for Paskistan Telecommunication a**holes.

  • Munnu

    In india reliance mobiles is providing voip calls @1rs (indian) aur yahan pak mein PTA walo ko takleef hai

  • Paki

    oye agar inho ne ijazat de di tu pir in ki jebe kese bare gi….pata nahi kese kese log bet gaye Pak ki government me…