PTA, FIA Raid Illegal SIM Issuers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Zonal Office, Peshawar, in close collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing, conducted successful raids against a franchise of a mobile phone company and a gang involved in illegal SIM activations in Mingora, Barikot, and Batkhela.

The franchisee and a gang were found to be involved in the illegal issuance of SIMs that were also found to be used in grey trafficking and fraudulent activities.

During the raids, 33 BVS devices, 6 laptops, 10 mobiles, and 600 SIMs were seized as evidence. Ten persons were apprehended on the premises by FIA, which is currently investigating the matter further.

PTA had filed complaints with FIA earlier based on information regarding the illegal issuance of SIMs by the sales channel. The raids signifies the Authority’s dedication to eradicate the illegal issuance of SIMs.

  • This illegal activity had been going on since last 5/6 years, since the mobile companies started selling free Sims through it franchise channels. Ironically the company sold Sims at a cost to the franchise but asked them to sell it for free and the targets were double than their market consumption. Thereby putting them in a position where they had to resort to unfair and illegal means to activate these free Sims.This is a known fact to all agencies yet all are quiet.

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